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Concrete Trough sinks from everGreen are a unique and functional solution for commercial sink applications. We ship anywhere in Canada and the USA and all of our sinks are custom fabricated to fit your exact requirements.
- Simple, unique and elegant designs are pleasing to the eye and become a focal point.
- Durable construction and finishes are designed to stand up to heavy use applications.
- Color choices and textures are unlimited
- Trough sinks prevent unsightly and unhygienic standing water from accumulating on counter space between sinks.
- One piece designs eliminate caulking joints and seams around drop-in type sink basins which can accumulate mold and bacteria.
- Very easy to clean and maintain.
- Can be easily designed for barrier-free (wheel chair accessible) applications. They can be easily suspended from the wall.
- Each sink is custom built to fit exact space requirements. All dimensions are changeable to meet any design requirement.
- Installation is extremely simple.
- A variety of trough styles and drain designs to choose from.
- The elimination of counter space between sinks creates the opportunity to incorporate more faucet stations in a set area. (wall mount or deck mount) .
- Low energy input in our fabrication process, environmentally friendly mix designs, recycled aggregates, pozzolans and locally sourced materials generate LEEDS points for Green Building applications
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Here’s how concrete sinks from Evergreen stack up as green products.
1. There is no waste in production. Many solid surface materials used in countertops are manufactured in slabs and then cut to exact size. This usually means all or most of the cutouts and the remaining material on the slab ends up in the landfill. Our concrete mixes are calculated before pouring to fit the exact size of the mold, so there is little or nothing left over.
2. All the aggregates and portland cement is produced within a 200 km radius of our shop, minimizing the energy consumed in transportation.
3. We often use recycled glass and water as well as reclaimed materials wherever possible as aggregates in our mixes.
4. All our mix designs use pozzolans to reduce the portland cement content as much as possible. Pozzolans are industrial waste and by-products which have cementitious qualities and actually enhance the quality and appearance of the concrete.
5. As these products are hand-made, there is very little energy consumption during production with the exception of some power hand tools. Most of the other solid surface materials are shipped to fabricators which use large energy consuming CNC machines to cut and finish the pieces.
6. Our sealers have extremely low VOC emissions well below the acceptable guidelines of the LEEDS program. “VOC” stands for Volatile Organic Compounds, which are emissions which evaporate into the air and often can be harmful to your health.
Let’s face it, the greenest product you will ever own is the one you’re already using. To replace it, means that the old one goes to the landfill. But we all know that’s not practical over time as many materials such as laminates don’t last, styles and family needs change and renovations are inevitable. Concrete has longevity, not only in terms of it’s durability, but also in it’s style.
We love the design on this one. The millwork below provides an added detail, combining a hidden shroud for the plumbing below, compartments for the waste receptacles, as well as solid support for this 17 ft long trough system.
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Concrete sinks always get noticed in commercial applications, including restaurants, bars, shopping malls, etc. An infinite choice of colours, sink shapes and styles provide the flexibility to easily integrate the sink into your overall design. From single vanity style applications to extended trough style sinks, everGreen can design and fabricate a sink that will be a definite focal point.
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Recently Evergreen Cast Stone provided concrete interior surfaces, including reception desks, kitchens, washroom vanities and display tables for the new St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre in Cornwall ON. The building opened in the summer of 2010, and is the new home of Ontario Power Generation’s many stories, specifically relating to the history of the St.Lawrence Seaway and Power Project. The building was designed and constructed to LEED specifications, the latest in green, energy-saving technology.
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Products made from recycled materials don’t make a house “Green” any more than solar panels do. But it is important to keep the goals of sustainable building in mind when making purchasing decisions. That’s not always easy. Take for example a granite countertop. Granite is a natural material and is extremely durable. But what if the stone is imported from the Far East and is mined in a country where labour or environmental laws are suspect? How much energy is consumed if it has to be shipped to another country for polishing and then shipped to a distributor in North America, then to a fabricator for cutting and dimensioning before it finally reaches your home?
Choosing appropriate materials is a lost effort if the house wastes fuel or is poorly designed and built. But given the right context, green products are an important part of sustainability.