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posted by atwilson on Feb 3, 2016

Meredith,
I believe the Viridian decking we installed is 15/16" thick by 2-1/2" wide; I'm not seeing those dimensions on the Viridian website now, only 5/8" thick, so maybe they've changed the product since we got ours.
The decking is holding up well. It is installed on two covered, but open, porches on the east and west sides of our house. At one edge of the east porch, where the overhang ended up being less than I intended and it is exposed to rain as well as sun, the wood is checking and graying somewhat more than where it is more protected.
We pre-finished the...

posted by Meredith_1 on Feb 3, 2016

Hi there! I've been sourcing reclaimed exterior deck material for a client, and am interested to know:

The thickness of the material you used for your decking,

Any maintenance practices or finishes applied,

And, how the Viridian Jakarta blend material is holding up in Vermont weather 3 years later.

Any info you can bounce me would be great!

Meredith

posted by tristan on Jan 29, 2016

Erica, 3-way LED bulbs are sold in stores and online. Just do a search or ask at your local hardware store.

posted by gaudaubac on Jan 29, 2016

Anyone know a way to replace incandescent 3-way light bulbs with LEDs? My table lamps are all 3-way and I like the ability to have ambient or tactical light for different purposes from the same lamp.

E-Barrier Coating
posted by behrlich on Dec 7, 2015

Hi Evan,

Thank you for the comment. I doubt it is intentionally nanotech, but all radiant barriers are in the process of being removed from our Approved Products. Radiant barriers can work in limited applications, but we do not think they are the best solution in most applications. 

E-Barrier Coating
posted by levi on Dec 4, 2015

How small are the "microscopic metal particles" in this product? Would they be considered nano-tech?

posted by behrlich on Dec 1, 2015

Hi Holly,

Having researched green building materials and products since 1985, we are well aware of the issues surrounding petrochemicals, material health, and greenwashing. There is no perfect material, and I'm sure you know that installing polypropylene (the "cleanest" of the plastics in terms of environmental health) moisture barriers is a common practice used to protect wood floors from warping, cupping, swelling, and mold, especially when used on concrete floors. And keeping mositure away from a biobased...

posted by hollyadkins on Nov 30, 2015

This is a very interesting product, but with the polypropylene moisture barrier, which is of petrochemical origin, and with antimicrobial treatments, which are chemical in origin, it would NOT be good for human health. This is the problem with GREEN and sustainable as a label. One still cannot guarantee that it will not effect your health. Six months ago, we installed new HVAC duct-work in our home only to realize once we turned on the heat after installation, that the duct-work had been treated with antimicrobial chemicals that are still causing health problems six months later. My...

posted by behrlich on Nov 23, 2015

PLAs do not have to be made from corn, of course, but in this case it is, which means it probably does have some GMO, unfortunately. The product is currently undergoing  C2C evaluation and the company was just bought by an overseas firm, so it will be interesing to see what happens as a result of these two factors. Hopefully they can go to an agricultural waste product as the sugar source.

There is no perfect material or process, of course, but Biosurf has an HPD and is ILFI red-list free, according to the company...

posted by pmelton on Nov 23, 2015

FSC-certified wood content is GMO free.

I always, always assume that corn and soy are GMO even if they are organic because there can be cross contamination. It's a tradeoff, but when we approve products, we consider what they are an alternative to.

BTW, would love to continue the convo over on Designer Pages instead of here because this part of our site is on the way out!

pjm

E-Barrier Coating
posted by behrlich on Dec 7, 2015

Hi Evan,

Thank you for the comment. I doubt it is intentionally nanotech, but all radiant barriers are in the process of being removed from our Approved Products. Radiant barriers can work in limited applications, but we do not think they are the best solution in most applications. 

E-Barrier Coating
posted by levi on Dec 4, 2015

How small are the "microscopic metal particles" in this product? Would they be considered nano-tech?

posted by behrlich on Dec 1, 2015

Hi Holly,

Having researched green building materials and products since 1985, we are well aware of the issues surrounding petrochemicals, material health, and greenwashing. There is no perfect material, and I'm sure you know that installing polypropylene (the "cleanest" of the plastics in terms of environmental health) moisture barriers is a common practice used to protect wood floors from warping, cupping, swelling, and mold, especially when used on concrete floors. And keeping mositure away from a biobased...

posted by hollyadkins on Nov 30, 2015

This is a very interesting product, but with the polypropylene moisture barrier, which is of petrochemical origin, and with antimicrobial treatments, which are chemical in origin, it would NOT be good for human health. This is the problem with GREEN and sustainable as a label. One still cannot guarantee that it will not effect your health. Six months ago, we installed new HVAC duct-work in our home only to realize once we turned on the heat after installation, that the duct-work had been treated with antimicrobial chemicals that are still causing health problems six months later. My...

posted by behrlich on Nov 23, 2015

PLAs do not have to be made from corn, of course, but in this case it is, which means it probably does have some GMO, unfortunately. The product is currently undergoing  C2C evaluation and the company was just bought by an overseas firm, so it will be interesing to see what happens as a result of these two factors. Hopefully they can go to an agricultural waste product as the sugar source.

There is no perfect material or process, of course, but Biosurf has an HPD and is ILFI red-list free, according to the company...

posted by pmelton on Nov 23, 2015

FSC-certified wood content is GMO free.

I always, always assume that corn and soy are GMO even if they are organic because there can be cross contamination. It's a tradeoff, but when we approve products, we consider what they are an alternative to.

BTW, would love to continue the convo over on Designer Pages instead of here because this part of our site is on the way out!

pjm

posted by priya on Nov 20, 2015

Hard to rate this product without knowing if it's GMO.

UltraTouch Natural Fiber Insulation
posted by hduncan on Sep 28, 2015

From their website: UltraTouch meets the extremely stringent Environmental Specification 1350 Indoor Air Pollutant testing used for California Public Schools. http://www.bondedlogic.com/ultratouch-denim-insulation/

UltraTouch Natural Fiber Insulation
posted by mhelou1 on Sep 23, 2015

does anyone know if the Ultra Touch batts meet CA01350 for IEQc4.6 in LEED for Schools?

posted by jstensland on Jul 15, 2015

Word of caution: some friends had a terrible time using Cali Bamboo interior products. It was difficult to get the company to take any responsibility for their product. Buyer beware!

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