Green Building: Latitude 43

Materials Resources

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Kirei Board was used in construction. This new “plywood” is made from material that used to be thrown away. Stalks from the Sorghum plant are heat-pressed with a non-toxic adhesive to form a lightweight, strong, board where each one is unique. “Kirei” means pretty in Japanese.

Plyboo was used for tables. Plyboo is plywood made from 100 percent renewable bamboo. It is stronger than oak, yet lightweight and eco-friendly. Bamboo is a giant grass and one of the fastest growing plants in the world.
The granite in the fireplace and the harbor walk supports was quarried on Cape Ann. Less transportation means less CO2. Cape Ann became a major source of granite through the Northeast because of the short transportation distance between the quarries and deep water.
Recycled glass was used in kitchen tiles.
Carpet tiles around the sushi bar are recycled and recyclable. These Interface carpet tiles come from a company that takes in old carpet and turned them into new carpets.
Salvaged materials were used as often as possible. For example, the Rescue Boat Hull that hangs over the bar was once rotting in a shipyard. The bar itself has been refinished and put back in service from what was once abandoned. Some of the granite outside has been salvaged from a Boston fountain and an old boat slip.