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December 11, 2019

2030: An Event Horizon?

Just a decade away, 2030 is bearing upon us, yet is there, or what is that, light at the end of the tunnel?

Like the flood of last-minute submissions for our annual PIA awards, I expect 2030 efforts will ramp up as we come closer to the “deadline.” So, what are the “2030 concerns?” In my mind, it’s a combination of implementing energy efficiency and performance, including more aggressive net-zero measures. But is the latter the end goal, or is it carbon drawdown? It must involve resiliency, but also better include urban planning, with an upped effort to retrofit and adaptively reuse. Part in parcel is water conservation and management/green infrastructure; and more careful material selection and resource management—topics we’ve covered all year, and will continue to do so, as they matter, perhaps, the most. Fortunately, plenty of people are doing great work, including producing products that help address these issues. Below are some items that our readers thought might work well in retrofits.

New & Noteworthy

Locked Together

Panels work in multiples to create a continuous, uninterrupted sculptural wall. The proprietary, steel-reinforced joints interlock to ensure accurate panel-to-panel alignment and joint stability. Cast entirely of glass reinforced cast rock with a plant-based foam core, the panels come with a low-voc installation kit.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Controlling Sound

Reduce reverberation of sound with Acoustic Clouds. These pre-fabricated Zintra Acoustic 1/2 in. pieces are quickly and easily assembled on-site, then the shape is suspended from the ceiling substrate. Available in 16 standard colors, Acoustic Clouds provide attention grabbing three-dimensional texture that is easily installed, as well as the practical benefit of effective noise reduction.

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A New Line of Exclusive Site Furnishings by Damon Farber

The new Collaboration Series features elegant and stylish designs from award-winning landscape architects at Damon Farber Associates. This exclusive new line of site furnishings marks a first-of-its-kind collaboration for both Wausau Tile’s skilled craftsmen and Damon Farber’s renowned designers.

The result: a stunning collection of site furnishings that feature unique material combinations and modular designs that can be scaled to meet the needs of any project. The new collection features bold and distinctive pieces that seamlessly blend with one another for endless combinations and one-of-a-kind projects.

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