Favorite Finishes: Coconut Tiles, Ecoclad Rainscreen, and more!

Instead of an in-depth profile on one of our favorite materials, this week’s Favorite Finishes will be a brief highlight of several very cool new products on the market that we have been introduced to, but haven’t necessarily put to use yet. So, without further adieu:

Coco Tiles by Kirei – Tiles and Panels made of patterned coconut shells, either finished, unfinished, or both. These can be either very tropical or very modern depending on the pattern, color, and application. Ranging $30 – $70/s.f. Very cool and very sustainable.

A variety of finishes and textures in the Coco Tile product line

A variety of finishes and textures in the Coco Tile product line

Installed

Installed

Ecoclad by Kliptech Biotechnologies – A company started recently by the creator of Paperstone, this exterior cladding is a local alternative to products like Trespa or Prodema. Designed and manufactured in Puyallup, WA, this company has a great sustainability message. While their product originated for the skateboard ramp industry, they have evolved to include the Ecoclad exterior siding product as well as EcoTop, a residential counter option. The full line of colors and patterns is still in development, but look to this as a great local cladding/rainscreen option.

Showcase installation. Photo via Klip Biotechnologies

Showcase installation. Photo via Klip Biotechnologies

Hydration Station – This new alternative to the drinking fountain is a sensor operation water purification and bottle filling station that reduces waste and provides clean, safe drinking water to building occupants. Available with or without chilled water – and comes in the same price range as a standard commercial drinking fountain.

Touch-free hygenic water bottle filling station

Touch-free hygenic water bottle filling station

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