With their commitment to the environment, conservation, design, and sustainable building, Greenhome Solutions is the perfect Presenting Sponsor for the NW Green Home Tour. This year Greenhome Solutions sponsored three sites on the tour that showcase some of their most exciting sustainable products and materials.
Located just south of the Ballard Bridge, Greenhome Solutions is Seattle’s only locally owned green building supply retailer. Siblings Cameron, Tyler, and Erin Reith have built a thriving business that consistently provides the highest-quality green products.
“We’re extremely choosy about what makes it into our showroom,” says Cameron. “We try very hard to source only the greenest products that live up to their promises. We also go out of our way to find locally sourced building materials and products whenever we can. It provides a Seattle connection that many of our customers appreciate. At the same time, we like doing what we can to support the local economy, which has given us so much.”
“We have personally tested or installed everything that we sell,” says Tyler. “If a product doesn’t meet our strict standards, then we won’t sell it.” Homeowners and contractors alike routinely turn to the Reiths and their staff for information and support before, during, and well after the time of purchase.
We asked Cameron to give us a preview of what’s “in store” this year. Here’s a look at some of the products you’ll see as you make your way through this year’s NW Green Home Tour.
Paperstone: PaperStone® is a sustainable composite material made from 100% post-
consumer recycled paper, PetroFree™ phenolic resins, and natural pigments.
You’ll find Paperstone at C4 View Haus 5, C7 Helde Remodel and N25 Blue Kitchen Ravenna
Novustone Counters: NovuStone is a hand-crafted material that utilizes post-consumer recycled content, such as bottle glass, windows, and mirrors, as well as post-industrial recycled content and natural aggregates to create lasting, durable, sustainable surfaces. Up to 80% of NovuStone surfaces are recycled (and subsequently sourced as raw materials) from within 35 miles of the production facility in the Historic Rainier Brewery in Seattle, Washington.
Check out NovuStone at N5 Ballard Emerald Star Net Zero Passive House
Caesarstone: Caesarstone is the first quartz surfacing company to receive ISO 14001 certification, a global standard specifically for environmental protection. From recycling 97% of the water used in manufacturing to collecting dust from shipping, handling, production, and processing, Caesarstone seeks to protect the planet and the well-being of its customers.
View Caesarstone at C7 Helde Remodel
Seville Cork: Cork Flooring is exceptionally quiet underfoot, environmentally friendly, very comfortable to walk and stand on, very warm, and serves as a natural thermal insulator. It is pleasant to touch, easy to maintain, durable, less likely to permanently dent, and is beautiful to look at. View it at N6 Plum House
Unique Wool Carpet: All products from Unique Carpets, Ltd. are manufactured with a commitment that balances both the physical well-being of customers and the physical well-being of the environment. Walk on it at C7 Helde Remodel
Teragren Bamboo: The premium mountain grown Optimum 5.5 moso bamboo that is the only bamboo Teragren uses in all of its products is harvested every five and a half years. Each culm is selectively harvested by hand and carried out of the forest by foot. To preserve the integrity of the forest floor, no machines or heavy equipment are used. Check it out at C7 Helde Remodel
Ecofusion: EcoFusion is an aptly named and dynamic new line of flooring. EcoFusion blends renewable and recyclable products from the earth and “fuses” them into innovative flooring solutions for the home. See it at C7 Helde Remodel
Niagara Toilets: Innovative and stylish, Niagara’s 0.8 gallon-per-flush ultra high-efficiency toilet goes a step beyond the standard water-saving toilets on the market. See it at C4 View Haus 5, N5 Ballard Emerald Star Net Zero Passive House, and N21 City Cabins
Caroma toilets: Caroma is recognized as a world leader in dual-flush technology. With its winning combination of contemporary designs and proven performance, Caroma's range of high-efficiency toilets significantly reduces water use. See it at N6 Plum House
Fluid fixtures: The meticulous curves, unique angles, and mirror-like polished surfaces of fluid™ faucets are unmatched. fluid™ faucets have the heft and mechanical action that exudes the quality and integrity of the materials used. While others substitute plastic, fluid continues to use brass to ensure their lifetime warranty means something – and that is good for the environment. See it at N21 City Cabins
Hertco Cabinets: Another great choice for locally produced, formaldehyde-free cabinetry. See it at C7 Helde Remodel
Wood Siding: Reclaimed western mixed softwood. Reclaimed from the western US. Reuse of old materials, natural authentic distressing, and aging. View it at C4 View Haus 5, N5 Ballard Emerald Star Net Zero Passive House
Cork Siding: ThermaCork Facade covering is a unqiue finish for external walls. 100% natural, additive-free, and sustainable facade covering with excellent durability.
N21 City Cabins
Vermont natural coatings: Vermont Natural Coatings patented PolyWhey® technology has emerged as a new category of wood finish. These easy-to-use products have established the highest performance and environmental standards. Whey protein, a byproduct of cheese making, displaces toxic ingredients found in traditional finishes.
N21 City Cabins