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    Modified Wood

    Accoya® wood from Accsys Technologies undergoes a patented acetylation process to increase dimensional stability and durability. This Cradle to Cradle Gold-certified modified softwood is suitable for exterior applications where exposure to moisture is a concern, such as in decking (pictured), windows, doors, cladding, and glulam structural beams. The treatment reduces the shrink-and-swell cycle, allowing coatings to last longer, and also creates a barrier to some insects, including termites. Guaranteed for 50 years in above-ground applications and for 25 years in-ground or in applications involving freshwater immersion or exposure to saltwater spray, such as marina decking. Low maintenance. Sourcing includes FSC-certified wood.


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    PVC-Free Wall Protection

    Construction Specialties (C/S) offers the Acrovyn® 4000 line of PVC-free interior wall and door protection. The product line includes handrails, crash rails, corner guards, door and frame protection, wall panels, and wall covering, all Cradle to Cradle-certified at the Gold or Silver level. The new modified PETG (glycol-modified polyethylene terephthalate) formula offers the same impact resistance and UL Class 1 fire rating as the original Acrovyn, and costs no more. Contains no polyvinyl chloride (PVC), persistent bioaccumulative toxins (PBTs), bisphenol A (BPA), or halogenated fire-retardants. New contemporary, low-profile textures and a lower gloss level improve the aesthetics, cleanability, color consistency, and end-cap-to-profile match. Completely recyclable.


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    Modular Living Wall

    DIRTT Environmental Solutions introduces Breathe™, a modular system that incorporates plants into office walls. The modules can be mounted on any flat vertical building surface, including gypsum, concrete, stone, or the company's own walls. The design accommodates three sizes of plant pots that integrate into a modular slat wall surface. Scalable and easily expanded from one panel to a wall of plants, these installations effectively separate the watering system from the plant pots and peat-based growing medium. Patent pending. The use of plants to improve indoor air quality in LEED-targeting projects has helped secure LEED Innovation Credit 1.2.



    Small Wind Turbine

    Wind Simplicity manufactures a compact, quiet, high-efficiency wind turbine for residential and commercial applications. The Windancer™ is a horizontal-axis wind turbine with a patented two-rotor design that results in high-efficiency electrical production with a low start-up speed. The product line includes a 3-kilowatt model for smaller homes; a 7-kilowatt model for schools, small businesses, and larger homes; and a 23-kilowatt model for commercial and industrial use. The design allows for lower towers without guy wires, offering savings on installation and maintenance. Well suited to locations with good wind resources.


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    Anti-Slip Acid-Etched Glass

    Walker Glass is proud to introduce the first line of anti-slip acid-etched glass products made in North America. Walker Textures™ Traction combines opacity and translucency to provide privacy while still allowing light transmission between floors. This durable all-glass flooring solution uses no coatings susceptible to chipping or flaking off. Instead, the slip-resistant properties are derived entirely through acid etching. Traction glass provides a high slip-resistant coefficient based on two recognized test methods (ANSI/ NFSI B101.1 and ASTM C1028), as demonstrated in independent testing conducted by the Tile Council of North America. Sample kits available.



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