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Spreading Sunshine

Sunweave from Mohawk is a carbon-neutral, red list-free broadloom carpet collection that merges woven construction with today's desire for artisinal materials, authenticity and warmth in contract spaces. Shadow Pass features a grand linear ombre shadow that transitions along the loom for dramatic installations. It derives its inspiration from the notion of shadows being nature's handcraft as subtle color and value shifts mimic the sun's daily progression. 

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Eco-Conscious

A line of woven sun control shading fabrics for interior roller shade applications, SheerWeave’s 4000/4100/4400 styles use DOW’s unique ECOLIBRIUM bio-based plasticizer. The options combine the durability of vinyl-coated polyester with the latest in green PVC technology. ECOLIBRIUM is a renewable alternative to traditional plasticizers that lowers greenhouse gas emissions as much as 40% vs. existing PVC compounds. It is also phthalate-free, lead-free, RoHS compliant, and can also be used in exterior shading systems. A companion calculator tool allows designers to estimate petroleum savings and greenhouse gas avoidance based on the quantity of plasticizers used. Judge’s

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Boss of Emboss

Fil Doux Textiles Vinylife Impact line is a collection of deep textures with a vast array of intricate patterns including rattan and woven luggage styles. The deep-textured vinyl is created with a new technology comprised of air-extracting suction valves that pulls the pattern into place. This new production method allows the patterns to be stain-protected with Pro-Tech technology before embossing them to ensure complete coverage and increased durability. The phthalate-free​ formulation incorporates enzymes into the vinyl that react with microorganisms found in active landfills to act as a catalyst for decomposition. 

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Safe & Durable

All J+J Kinetex products now offer the International Living Future Institute’s Declare label. Kinetex advanced textile composite flooring combines key attributes of a soft surface floor covering with the long-wearing performance characteristics of hard-surface flooring. Its latest designs, Foundry, Put a Cork In It and Tri-Plex are shown here. Put a Cork In It is a 24-in. × 24-in. tile with multi-tonal cork-like flecks scattered through 16 colorways and Tri-Plex is a 24-in. × 24-in. modular tile with modern patterning and crisp color. 

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The Future is Upcycled

The world needs another chair like it needs a plastic garbage patch bigger than the size of Texas drifting in the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, that plastic garbage patch already exists, but thankfully, two responsible companies—Humanscale and ocean-plastic-cleanup enterprise, Bureo—have hatched a plan to make a chair out of ocean plastic. It is a remarkable feat, as they pay people fairly, produce it ethically, and get certified as an International Living Future Institute (ILFI) Living Product while keeping the price competitive. The Smart Ocean chair is an update to the design of the Smart chair and uses two pounds of ocean nets. Previewed last year at NeoCon, it will be on dis

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Rare Wood Alternatives

Architects and designers specify wood to bring warmth and beauty to their work, and many believe that since trees can be replanted, they’re a renewable resource. While trees are renewable, forests are not; still today, wood species from threatened and endangered forests continue to be used in design projects around the world. Wilsonart, a world leading provider of engineered surfaces, captures the unique beauty of global wood species and brings awareness to this alarming issue with 16 new laminate designs in the “Nature Undisturbed” Collection.

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Pavers Add Distinction to Boston Project

Boston’s 101 Seaport is a project unique in concept and installation. Functionality, performance and aesthetics were all taken into consideration when selecting paving materials. Creating projects of true distinction takes the collaboration of an entire team. 101 Seaport is a project unique in concept and installation. The designers at Copley-Wolff Design Group were challenged with a project that would ultimately become a mixed-use facility to accommodate both commercial and residential concerns, in on-grade and elevated areas. Functionality, performance and aesthetics were all taken into consideration when selecting paving materials.

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Greater Impact Resistance

VersaGuard performs in high-traffic corridors and public spaces, shielding walls from wear and the impact of rolling traffic such as desk chairs, carts and gurneys. The wall protection is highly resistant to soiling and tough stains. When cleaning is needed, stringent agents such as bleach or rubbing alcohol can be used. It includes 30% recycled content and is NSF 342 certified. It has a long lifecycle even in extreme applications and maintains a clean, attractive appearance for many years. 

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Could this be the Most Sustainable Wallboard?

USG’s new Sheetrock Brand EcoSmart Panels Mold Tough Firecode X may be an industry first in lightweight and sustainable 5⁄8-in. Type X gypsum wallboard. Still moisture and mold-resistant, this wallboard was designed to meet the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products. The wallboard features up to 94.6% recycled content, is GreenGuard Gold certified and Living Building Challenge compliant. The wallboard still offers sound, strength, sag and impact resistance, and is UL classified as fire resistant, with surface-burning characteristics and non-combustibility. Compliant with ASTM C1396. 

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Carbon-Free Fixtures

Raising the sustainable bar and rising to the Architecture 2030 for Products Challenge, Sloan has released a number of carbon-free products to help building’s mitigate their embodied carbon levels and associated greenhouse gas emissions. Considered to be a step beyond environmental product declarations and health product declarations, as more manufacturers offer low-carbon and no-carbon product alternatives, this will help enable buildings to potentially track and ultimately reach aggressive carbon neutral industry goals by the year 2030. Included in Sloan’s no-carbon offerings, which were achieved with forestry credits, are Flushometers, high-efficiency urinals and toilets, and

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