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04/30/2009 - Eco Depot is Green Project Partner

For construction or remodel projects – large or small – the Eco Depot is your resource for “green” building products and know-how. No project is too small at the Eco Depot. According to Nadine Sullivan, President, Eco Depot sells about 50% to contractors and 50% to end users. Among Eco Depots large projects are the huge curved solar panel installation on the Saranac Building downtown, and, currently, the solar and wind installation for the Inland Power & Light, Medical Lake headquarters.

The list of products represented covers both interior and exterior uses, and many are LEED certified. (LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. The LEED green building rating system -- developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council -- is designed to “promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being.”)
Eco Depot’s list of interior products include adhesives, coatings, counter tops, flooring, insulation, and wall coverings. Solar and wind energy systems are available for heat, electricity, and hot water. Exterior products include coatings, waterproofing, and landscaping. All products are "green” -- which means they are durable, repairable, energy efficient, made with recycled materials, and eventually recyclable. Also, the manufacture, use, disposal, and packaging have minimal impact on the environment.

Eco Depot headquarters, in the Terabyte Triangle at 1326 E Sprague, showcases the products sold. The company’s use of solar and wind power to heat, cool, and provide electric power for its own building means that they can sell electricity back to Avista – at least in lower use months. The store has cork flooring in one room, and the next room is covered with “Marmoleum”. “Marmoleum” is true linoleum just like that in Great-grandmother’s house, according to Sullivan. It is made from linseed oil, wood flour, pine rosin, jute backing, and limestone. Many colors are available. “The biggest selling floor covering is bamboo,” says Sullivan. “All of the wood products are ‘eco-timber’ which means that it is sustainably harvested or plantation grown, or maybe from reclaimed wood. All are formaldehyde free, and there is a nice variety that can be finished with a variety of colors and finishes.”

Eco Depot carries both interior and exterior recycled paint that costs a fraction of that commonly found in big box stores, according to Sullivan. To produce the paint, unused paint is collected, filtered, repackaged, and re-branded. There are fifteen basic colors which are very consistent from batch to batch, Sullivan states. In addition to color, the paint also helps preserve the wood. Although they don't do this at Eco Depot, the paint can be blended for other colors. A 5-gallon bucket costs just $50, and a 1-gallon bucket sells for $15.

Another “best seller” is the Sola Tube – a kind of skylight that lets in natural light without letting in heat or cold, and doesn't leak. Installation includes a translucent dome on the roof from which light is redirected down a highly reflective shaft, where it is diffused it throughout the interior space. The 20-foot shaft has a 90-degree turn capability, and the tube could run through a closet or other concealing space. It is especially popular with earth-berm home dwellers.

One fun product is the solar backpack. This is your standard backpack, but it has solar power panels on the side that would face up and out as you pedal a bicycle, ride a motorcycle, or walk up a mountain. The energy will power cell phones, Blackberries, iPhones, iPods, and some are available to power a laptop computer. Now it is possible to never be out of the office.

Eco Depot holds solar classes six times per year – every other month – at a cost of $35 per class. Classes last 3-hours each.

For more information about Eco Depot products, visit www.ecodepotinc.com. To learn more about solar classes, contact Nadine Sullivan at 509 924 8803 or toll free: 866 378 0344.

Billie Moreland
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