Green Pieces for Residential Architecture

Here are some green products for residential architecture, including Plyboo line of flooring and plywood, EcoRock wallboard, and flexible kitchen systems.

Source: residential architect Magazine
Publication date: June 1, 2008

By Nigel F. Maynard and Shelley D. Hutchins

pure substitute

Bamboo-based building products are commonplace, but only offerings from San Francisco-based Smith & Fong boast certification by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The manufacturer's Plyboo line of flooring and plywood have earned the “FSC Pure” label, signaling they're made from certified forests and handled by an FSC Chain-of-Custody-certified company. Available by summer. Smith & Fong Co., 866.835.9859;


Like concrete and glass, drywall has high embodied energy, says Steve Weiss, of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based drywall manufacturer Serious Materials. But his company has something different in mind. Its new EcoRock wallboard requires 90 percent less energy to produce because its core is made from “commonly available minerals with high recycled content” that essentially “bake themselves,” he says. Better still, EcoRock looks and feels like standard wallboard and will cost the same as premium drywall when it hits the market in late 2008. Serious Materials, 800.797.8159;

guiltless gourmet

Sleek, strong, and sustainable describe the flexible kitchen systems from Bazzèo. Customizable cabinets, drawers, and storage pieces are crafted from rapidly renewable and recycled materials.

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