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Historic Restoration of Berlin's City Palace with High-Performance Windows

Bildau & Bussmann was awarded the project of planning and manufacturing windows for the reconstruction of the historical portal facades of Berlin's City Palace. These are box casement windows, with profiles consisting of an exterior and ...

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Update Your Kitchen with the Cheese Grotto Fresco

We have once again collaborated with Jessica at Cheese Grotto to create a more affordable, space sensitive version of the original Cheese Grotto. You can get ahead of the action by helping to fund their crowdfunding campaign on Women You ...

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Natural Slate Rainscreen: Low Embodied Energy & Easy to Install

We recently put on an installation seminar at our Richmond, Virginia location, featuring our new rainscreen offering called CUPACLAD. Created as a joint project by Danish architects and Cupa Pizzaras, CUPACLAD is inexpensive, easy to ...

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Video: Installing a Natural Slate Rainscreen System Step-By-Step

Rainscreen systems have become one of the most efficient solutions for exterior cladding. It provides numerous advantages in terms of thermal and acoustic insulation, avoiding thermal bridges and condensation problems. The CUPACLAD® natural ...

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Video: How to Install Glass-Mount Window Treatments

This video will walk you through installing glass-mount window treatments on European triple glazed tilt & turn windows:  In the video we use sash-mount/glass-mount window shades, solving an issue when using tilt and turn windows. The low ...

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6 Steps for CAD to CAM Conversion for Architects

It's all in the details.  Here are 6 Key Steps for the CAD/CAM file hand-off: Our out-sourced CNC router and panel processing business grew out our willingness to cut the Plyboo, Richlite, and other panels we sell as raw material.  Our ...

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How Richlite Paper-Phenolic Panels are Made (Photos & Video)

The Process Large rolls of FSC® Certified paper, are run through a bath to be saturated with a phenolic resin, cut into sheets, then stacked into a plywood press where heat and pressure are applied.  Using a phenolic resin in the ...

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Eco Supply 16: A Year in Review

It seems like this year has passed us by in the blink of an eye. But then we looked back at all that happened this year. We just wanted to take a second to update our clients on what's been going on at Eco Supply this year. We'll skip the ...

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Gibson Guitars Take a Sustainable Turn with Richlite Fretboards

Progress has always experienced difficulty in the face of tradition. Many new developments, from instant replay in baseball, to digital cameras in cinema have faced opposition from purists who need little other argument than “this is the ...

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Cork as a Building Material: A History

Today we’re going to spend some time paying homage to one of our favorite raw materials at Eco Supply: cork. Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree, a medium sized evergreen that grows predominently in southwest Europe. The tree is ...

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Grow Fresh Food In Your Home With the Grove Ecosystem

At a time when locally sourced, organic food is growing in popularity, it’s easy for voices to get lost in the chatter surrounding a topic that deserves this increasing attention. That being said, some ideas are so innovative that they ...

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Bamboo in a Sustainable Design Environment CEU Presentation

The Bamboo in a Sustainable Design Environment CEU (Continuing Education Unit) is a very useful tool for understanding the basics of engineered bamboo products. It leaves you with a solid big picture understanding of bamboo from an ...

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Husdon Woods uses Richlite Rainscreen on Tree House

The Hudson Woods Tree House is a perfect example of a company utilizing the eco-friendly, long lasting products we distribute at Eco Supply, in a creative and fun way. This new take on an old concept combines sound modern design, with a ...

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Richlite Rainscreen on Harley Davidson in Massachusetts

Studio Troika completed their Harley Davidson project earlier this year, and WOW it looks GREAT! Richlite Rainscreen was used to accent the building with Harley's signature edgy look, while still using green building materials.

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Thermacork used in DWELL Development's "Cork Haus"

Sustainable living is a choice that not only benefits the environment through low impact production and energy conservation, but can save you money in the long run. This is especially true when you expand the sustainability of eco-friendly ...

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ECOR ® Featured in Riviera Magazine

What’s better than discovering innovative, sustainable products that are long lasting and minimize environmental impact? When some of the largest companies in the world utilize those same products. Businesses such as Microsoft, H&M, and ...

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Citibin: Concealing Trash Receptacles with Richlite

We are always really excited to see our products being used in creative new ways. CitiBin is a perfect example of Richlite’s ability to combine sustainable solutions with aesthetic appeal. CitiBin’s products are designed for city homes as a ...

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NYPHC '15: Policy, Passive House and a Resilient New York Future

Some immediate issues addressed were code compliance issues, causing Passive Home architects to first apply for “Special Consideration” before beginning construction. It is also difficult to reach Passive Home Standards in High Rise ...

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Eco Supply Exhibits at BuildingEnergy 15 NESEA Conference

Eco Supply is at the BuildingEnergy 15 NESEA Conference in Boston this week, showing off some of our new green building envelope products: SIGA Tapes and Wraps, Thermacork Expanded Cork Insulation, and Intus Triple Glazed Windows and Doors. ...

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The Only Salvageable Material After Sandy, Rainshadow by Richlite

Sometimes nature doesn't play well with the structures we have created. Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the North East. One of our clients emailed us the photo above with a message: "This is pretty much the only thing that was salvagable ...

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Intus Triple Glazed Windows Are Here!

Intus windows are all built to order in a variety of price points and styles.  We can turn around quotes quickly and would love to show you a great triple glazed window price. TOPICS:  The primary differences between double and triple pane ...

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Teak decking basic information

1x4, Random lengths 3’-9’ Material is surfaced to 7/8” x3.5” wide, all 4 edges rolled with ¼” Radius.  We can surface thinner than 7/8” but not thicker.  We can also eliminate the rolled edges or add a groove for deck clips, Ipe Clips or ...

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Teak butcher block now available at EcoSupply

Eco Supply’s FSC Teak Butcher Block material is made from sustainably harvested Burmese teak.  The teak trees are grown on FSC plantations owned and managed by Proteak, a public company listed on the BMV (Mexican Stock Exchange).  The trees ...

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Plantation teak versus Burmese teak

Proteak is plantation grown teak that is all FSC certified.  Proteak comes in grades up to the highest quality (Fine European Quality or FEQ) teak but much less expensive than old growth teak.  Most of the world's old growth teak comes from ...

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Richlite Black Diamond Value Bathroom Vanity

Chris Bennett from the Saratoga Springs area laminated 1/4" Richlite to a substrate.  He then glued the same material to the edges of the substrate and trimmed the deck back to the the edge using a flush trim bit and the Richlite edge as ...

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NYC's First Passive Home Featuring Richlite Rainscreen

According to the Passive House Institute, the Passive House concept is "today's highest energy standard with the promise of slashing the heating energy consumption of buildings by an amazing 90%." This sustainably transformed Brookyln ...

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Plyboo Sound and Reveal Collection Panels

  Bamboo plywood uses an all bamboo core.  The edges are as hard as the face, making it much more impact resistant versus standard plywood.  The thick 1/8” surface veneer also give bamboo plywood added durability in terms of wear.  Paying ...

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Proteak Deck for a Home with White Stucco Exterior

The golden brown grain of Proteak lumber adds a rich contrast to the white stucco walls of this modern suburban home. 

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Yingst Residence with Richlite RainShadow by David Salmela Architects

David Salmela Architects designed this quiet getaway located in the midst of a scenic beech forest in Michigan. Richlite Midnight Iron RainShadow serves as a strong and aesthetic exterior to this spacious residence.

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Plyboo Countertop Base for Perky's Bistro in Jamestown, NC

With endless possibilities for design, Plyboo is versatile with its naturally decorative (un-banded) edges. This stunning fabrication features 3-ply amber edge grain Plyboo as a base for the countertop at Perky's Bisto in Jamestown, North ...

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Suberra Cork Kitchen Cart

Ideal for food preparation, Suberra cork is antimicrobial and stands up very well to the impact of your kitchen knives. Truly a unique addition to any kitchen.

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The NCS's Bronxscape Featuring Richlite r100

Designed by Matter Architect Practice and Parson's School of Design, the Bronxscape is a 3,500 square foot communal rooftop complete with a greenhouse, an open pavilion with space for cooking and dining, and photovoltaic panels that cut the ...

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Minnesota Cabin with Richlite Midnight Iron Exterior Cladding

While most panels tend to fade from sun exposure, Richlite panels actually deepen and darken in color over time, giving them a vivid richness as captured by the exterior cladding on this cabin.

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Suberra Cork Farmhouse Kitchen Countertop

A Suberra cork kitchen countertop that pairs beautifully with the white farmhouse style cabinets.

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Koosmann Residence with Richlite Rainscreen

Pictured above is a Richlite Mightnight Iron Rainscreen for a Minnesotan home designed by Salmela Architects. Durable and long-lasting, Richlite will protect your home's exterior for several years to come and actually deepen in color over ...

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Cherry Creek Library's Browns Point Richlite Kiosks

Check out your paperbacks at these paper composite kiosks at Cherry Creek Library in Colorado! The kiosks  were fabricated out of Browns Point Richlite.

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Richlite RainShadow for the Bagley Nature Area

Designed by renown architect David Salmela, The Bagley Nature Area is a LEED  Platinum outdoor teaching laboratory that opened in 2010 at the University of Minnesota Duluth. A notable contribution to those LEED points came from the use ...

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Richlite Bathroom Partitions Collage

Far more elegant and sustainably incomparable, Richlite is undoubtably a better option than typical metal bathroom partitions. The usual specification is 1/2'' panels with 3/4'' doors. 

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Richlite Black Diamond Bathroom Vanity in Darien, CT.

A Richlite Black Diamond bathroom vanity for a home in Darien, CT. The rich black diamond provides a lovely contrast to the white walls, sink, and cabinets.

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Richlite RainShadow Pavillion designed by David Salmela

An out-of-the-box use of Richlite RainShadow! Architect David Salmela designed this "Pavillion" out of Midnight Iron Richlite for a Michigan home.

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Black Diamond Richlite Desk by Archimania's Stephanie Wexler-Malone

An inventive Richlite Black Diamond desk with an added indentation for file organization. The added space in the desk substitutes a bulky drawer that would otherwise take up chair space. Easily machinable, Richlite is amenable to any ...

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Proteak Lumber Residential Staggered Stairs

Naturally packed with oily resins called tectoquinones, Proteak lumber is a very smart choice for frequently used stairs. The resins will protect the wood from cracking, chipping, and even termites.

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Backyard Proteak Decking for a Lovely German Home

The high resin content in teak protects the wood from cracking and other distortions that can occur over time in an outdoor environment. This makes Proteak an exceptional choice for your home's backyard deck,  such as the one shown above ...

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A Beautifully Patterned Proteak Kitchen Cart

Displaying the gorgeous exotic variation in Proteak wood, this kitchen cart is also extremely hard-wearing and water resistant due to its naturally occurring and protective oily resins. No need to worry about the condition of your kitchen ...

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Plyboo Natural Edge Grain Conference Table with Close-Up

Simple yet robust, a 3-ply Natural Edge Grain Plyboo conference table is pictured above. The cross-directional layout of the 3-ply panels makes an extremely sturdy and stable surface. In addition, as the bottom close-up shows, no edge ...

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Banq Restaurant with Neopolitan Plyboo Millwork

Stunning fabrication of Neopolitan Plyboo is seen here for Banq Restaurant in Boston, MA. The rich panels of the backrests, tables, and floor give an amazing radiance to the dining room.

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L-Shaped Suberra Cork Cutting Board

Suberra cork is an ideal option for a food-prepping cutting board due to its antimicrobial properties.   In fact, in lab tests for E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria, our cork received a 5-star rating!

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Suberra Cork Countertop for FoMu Ice Cream Shop

FoMu Alternative Ice Cream in Allston, Mass. is definitely a spot to check out while in the Boston area. The sustainably-minded owners sell locally made, coconut milk-based ice cream behind a beautifully installed Suberra countertop. ...

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Outdoor Barbeque Station with Proteak Base

A beautifully furnished FSC-Certified and sustainably harvested Proteak BBQ pit station  perfect for your outdoor summer cooking!

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Suberra Cork Bathroom Vanity Top with Plywood Base

Because of its closed cell structure, Suberra cork is water resistant and antimicrobial, making it ideal  for any bathroom application like the vanity top pictured above.

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A Long and Sturdy Residential Suberra Cork Desk

Durable, clean cut and unique, a Suberra cork desk is certainly a great addition to any home or work office. 

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Thermacork Facade for Portugal's Associação Paços de Ferreira

Paços de Ferreira, widely known as Portugal's Capital of Furniture, is home to the largest Portuguese exhibition center. Lined with 10,000 square miles of cork, this exhibition hall is open to trade shows, various performances, and sporting ...

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Thermacork Tetra Shed

The Tetra Shed shown here features a beautifully crafted Thermacork exterior facade. Covering only only 10m² in area, a tetra shed is a year-round outdoor garden office. Innovative and sustainable, it is built using Modern Methods of ...

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Residential Blue Canyon Kitchen Countertop

Pictured here is an elegant Richlite Blue Canyon residential kitchen countertop with a perfectly fit sink. Since Richlite is composed of paper, it can have a "motted" appearance due to the striations from the paper fibers. Give your kitchen ...

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Noyack Creek Home with Black Diamond Richlite Countertops Designed by Bates Masi Architects

A New York actor's awe-instilling home designed by Bates Masi Architects in Noyack Creek. Bates Masi describes the house as "a study in architectural theatre: a series of spaces in a carefully scripted sequence that subtly reflect [the ...

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Richlite Green Mountain Sink and R100 Shower designed by Catskill Woodworking

Forget your old tiles and fabricate your next shower and floor with Richlite! Perfectly durable and water resistant, Richlite adds a unique touch to any bathroom. There is also no need to turn to the typical porcelain for your bathroom ...

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Residential Black Diamond Richlite Countertop and Sink in High Falls, NY

Thought Richlite was only useful as a countertop? Think again! It is extremely durable, water resistant, and machinable, making it an excellent application for a sink of any kitchen. This "turbo charged wood," as we like to call it, can be ...

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Richlite Blue Canyon Reception Countertop for PNC Bank

Featured here is a Blue Canyon Richlite reception countertop for PNC Bank in New Brunswick, NJ. The 1 1/2'' thick rounded front profile was produced by forming a stacked edge with 1/2'' thick material. A stacked edge is a perfect ...

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Modern Home with Thermacork Facade Base

Need to add some aesthetics to your home? Why not try something completely unique and sustainable! Featured here is a beautiful modern home with a thermacork exterior base. The material is extremely durable with its compressive strength of ...

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Portugal's Pavilion featuring Thermacork at the 2010 Shanghai Expo

The 2010 Shanghai Expo featured outstanding Pavilions from 79 different countries that embodied the theme of "BetterCity - Better Life." The Portuguese Pavilion was designed by architect Carlos Couto, who highlighted the importance of ...

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Richlite Black Diamond Desk Designed by the UK's En Masse Interiors

This beautiful, modern Richlite Black Diamond desk was fabricated by En Masse Bespoke Interiors, an acclaimed design firm in the UK. The left photo shows off the sleek and vivid black surface, which was given a coating of Richlite color ...

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Thermacork Commerical Facade

Thermacork not only offers excellent insulation, but also very unique aesthetics as an exterior facade. It is extremely durable and can tolerate a large range of temperature variation, giving this sustainable solution great longevity.

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Thermacork Manufacturing Process

Featured here is a behind-the-scenes look at how Thermacork is produced. Cork is shredded, pressed to the same density as oak, and then steam heated. This heating expands the cork and allows the naturally occurring waxy substance, suberin, ...

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Thermacork Residential Shiplap Insulation

Thermacork 100% natural and renewable cork insulation has amazing thermal properties. It will significantly reduce a building's energy consumption due to its high insulating range (R-4 per inch) and stability. This residential insulation ...

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New Plyboo Panels featured at Greenbuild 2013

New wall panels featured at our Geenbuild booth! PlybooSound acoustical panels with QuietWall™ technology are shown in the top two panels and the one at the bottom left. They help to reduce ambient noise and are great for hospitality, ...

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Richlite Bathroom Partitions and Recyled Glass at Greenbuild 2013

Another section of our booth at Greenbuild 2013! Featured here are Richlite black diamond bathroom partitions (left) and a recycled glass surface (right).  Richlite bathroom partitions are not only more aesthetically pleasing, but ...

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Agristrand at the 2013 Greenbuild Expo

Eco Supply had an amazing time at Greenbuild 2013! Featured here at our booth is Agristrand's Harvest Gold particle board, which is made from recovered soy straw waste. It contains no added formaldehyde and is sourced within a 75-mile ...

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Richlite Vanity Top for the Maidstone Inn

It's unavoidable to find yourself marveling at the gorgeous bathrooms while staying at the Maidstone Inn in East Hampton. The elegant vanity tops were fabricated out of Richlite Chocolate Glacier.

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