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Both natural stone and tile can exhibit significantly different tones depending ont the finish.  For granite, three of the better known finishes are polished, honed and flamed.  In the accompanying picture there are two samples of Absolute Black Granite - one flamed and one honed (both from Marble Systems).  The lovely white quartz surface used to demonstrate color values is the White Zeus Extreme from Silestone.

Experts Corner

When trying to obtain the REGIONAL MATERIALS credit we are all used to thinking in the terms of 500 Miles.  However, LEED allows for a "weighted average" to be used if alterative methods of shipping are utilized.  The formula is as follows:

Transport by Rail : Divide the total distance by 3

Transport by Inland Waterway : Divide the total distanceby 2

Transport by Sea : Divide the total distance by 15

So... if you have product that you would love to use, but it is outside the 500 mile radius; see if you can coordinate deliery via rail by communicating with the vendor.  Depending on the product, this might be their standard method anyway.





Altro, a major resilient flooring manufacturer in the healthcare and education markets has just announced that it is removing biocides and antimcrobials from its products.

Pantone has announced their COLOR OF THE YEAR... and its a green that seems to wiggle between the vibrant neon vairety and the more staid leaf.  The color is their GREENARY