Green Building Materials Henderson NV
Site-Built Homes, Owner/Builder
“Where can I find greenbuilding materials and products?” It’s a question homeowners have been asking for years, and for those in many areas of the country, there have been no easy answers. But thanks to a growing number of green retailers and businesses, it’s becoming easier to find the green products and building supplies you read about in the pages of this magazine.
This past January, for instance, ecohaus (formerly the Environmental Home Center) held a grand opening in Seattle, Wash., to spotlight its new showroom and name change. The company was founded in 1992 in response to the scarcity of greenbuilding materials, notes Vice President Lisa DiMartino, and “we never looked back.”
A “one-stop shop for sustainable building materials,” as DiMartino describes it, ecohaus sells flooring, cabinetry, countertops, bath fixtures, decking and much more. The most popular products, she notes, are green paints and stains, cotton insulation and countertops from such companies as PaperStone and IceStone. The retailer has locations in Portland and Bend, Ore., as well as Seattle. For more information: www.ecohaus.com or 800-281-9785.
Mick Dalrymple notes that he and partner Jeff Frost founded a.k.a. Green, their Scottsdale, Ariz.-based eco-friendly building center, as “a way to help transform the greenbuilding movement” by making green products more accessible. In addition, the company provides green interior design and consulting services. For more information: www.akagreen.com or 480-946-9600.
Sarah Beatty, a media professional who has worked at MTV, founded Green Depot as a website in 2005 because, she says, there was “no easy access point for me to get started” in creating a healthy home environment for her family. Today, Green Depot has showrooms in Boston, Philadelphia, Newark, N.J., and Brooklyn and Greenport, N.Y. Beatty notes that among the most popular products sought by her customers are Bonded Logic recycled denim cotton insulation, formaldehyde-free cabinetry and Marmoleum natural linoleum. For more information: www.greendepot.com or 800-238-5008.
Christopher W. Jacobson, founder of the GreenSpot building supply store in Carbondale, Colo., has more than 15 years experience as a green contractor and building project manager. He notes that his store carries “a
full spectrum of greenbuilding materials” for both professionals and homeowners, and focuses on serving professional contractors and institutional buyers.
Popular products sold by GreenSpot include lumber from sustainable forests and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, as well as green paints and stains from such companies as Yolo Colorhouse and AMF Safecoat. For
more information: www.greenspot.com or 970-963-4206.
Finally, Iowa builder Joel Hirshberg started small, “selling a few natural products” to homeowners with allergies and chemical sensitivities, before opening Green Building Supply in Fairfield, Iowa. Now, he says, “We have hundreds of eco-friendly products we have personally tested over the years.” Among the company’s more popular products: natural cork, bamboo and Marmoleum flooring, as well as American Clay plaster and Bioshield sealers and cleaners. Like the other green retailers, Hirshberg feels a responsibility to his customers as well as to the environment. For more information:
www.greenbuildingsupply.com or 800-405-0222.
To find a green retailer in your area, see our Retail Partners listings on page 62.