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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.
Our clients were looking for something unique for their washroom in their new log home. A concrete sink coupled with a rustic tree stump base was a creative way of blending the earths natural ingredients into something that would fit with the design theme of the home. We sere so excited to see the finished product and how well it fit with it’s surroundings.
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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.
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Regardless of what product you are sourcing for your home, here are some good questions to ask….
Is the product manufactured locally?
Locally sourced materials use less energy, cause less pollution in transport, and help local economies.
Is it healthful?
Does the product contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde or other chemical irritants.
Is it durable?
Even if they cost a little more, long lasting materials benefit the environment.
Is it made from recycled materials, and can it be recycled?
Products made with at least some recycled materials require fewer raw materials for their manufacture, and products that can be recycled ease the strain on landfills.
Will it save energy?
Whether it is in the manufacturing process, or the use of the product in your home, anything you can do to lower energy demands is positive.