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Radiant Flooring Is Sexy

by Justin Thomas •

Radiant flooring has been in use since the days of the Roman Empire when they channeled hot air under the floors of their villas. Basically, radiant systems heat an entire room evenly — not just in localized spots. It is more efficient than baseboard heating and usually more efficient than forced-air heating because no energy is lost through ducts. Radiant …

Tatami Goza Mats: Natural, Durable, Sustainable

by Justin Thomas •

Tatami Goza Mats from Japan are an interesting, natural addition to a room. They are made of sustainably-harvested rushes. Each tatami mat contains around 4,000 to 5,000 rushes. Hemp or cotton cord is then used to weave the rushes together. The mats are especially good for children’s play rooms and bedrooms because they are long-lasting and stain-resistant. New tatami have …

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Eco Decking Tiles That Snap Together

by Justin Thomas •

These decking tiles snap together without the need for screws, nails or glue, to create a deck or walkway. The tiles are made with Bolivian Ipe wood, which is suited to outdoors use, naturally resisting mold and decay. The Ipe wood is harvested according to strict environmental standards, according the manufacturer, Eco Wood International. They say the tiles can be …

Expanko: Regenerative Flooring

by Justin Thomas •

Expanko makes flooring out of two regenerative materials: cork and rubber. They also make a unique product which combines both cork and rubber, called XCR3, an example of which is pictured here. To produce cork flooring, virgin cork bark and cork waste from the manufacturing of other cork products is recycled and ground into small granules. The granules are baked …

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EnviroGLAS™ Terrazzo: 100% Recycled Glass Flooring

by Justin Thomas •

EnviroGLAS™ Terrazzo is flooring made of 100% post-consumer recycled glass. Recycled glass bottles are crushed, mixed with an epoxy, and poured to form a very appealing surface. Terrazzo, from the Italian word for terraces, was created several hundred years ago in Europe when Venetian workers discovered a new use for discarded marble remnants. EnviroGLAS™ Terrazzo is the latest Terrazzo innovation …

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Metaefficient Hardwood Substitute: Eucalyptus

by Justin Thomas •

Eucalyptus is a very inexpensive hardwood and is comparable to teak or cherry in its strength and durability. Eucalyptus, however, grows quickly and can be sustainably harvested on plantations. Its density, straight grain, smooth finish, and honey color make it an excellent choice for flooring and outdoor furniture. Creative Woodwork International makes folding, transforming, outdoor furniture, such as the bench …

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Bamboo Flooring

by Justin Thomas •

Bamboo is inexpensive, looks great and is a renewable resource. Bamboo flooring is similar in appearance to hardwood but is even more durable in terms of scuffing, wear and expansion. The bamboo is harvested in plantations that take only 3-4 years to reach maturity. Although still not widely used, it is perhaps the most efficient material for flooring.   Purchase …