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PAPERSTONE & RICHLITE: From Countertop to Half Pipe!
Posted By NK On October 1, 2006 @ 7:22 am In Green Design Events | 39 Comments
The recent fad of using wood cladding , louvers , and filigree  as sun shading for buildings has left architects scrambling for a substitute material that’s beautiful, structurally stable, durable, and sustainable – - – oh, and reasonably priced.
Two manufacturers, Kliptech  & Richlite  have brought to market resin-impregnated paper building products that can not only be used for a resilient building skin, but have also been used as countertops, cutting boards, and skateboard ramps.
The two products vary in their aesthetic quality, environmental claims, and price. We’ve also recently covered ShetkaStone  which is similar in composition, but has a more terrazo like appearance. If you’re looking for an alternative to teak, redwood, cedar or Parklex, read on….
Both products exhibit superior durability and are available in thicknesses from ¼” to +1″. These “resin paperboards” can be worked by standard wood workers’ tools, but because they produce very fine particulate dust, respiratory protection is highly recommended.
|Image from Richlite’s website||Image from Kliptech’s website|
Image from Richlite’s website.
We’ve researched these products based on the information from each manufacturer’s website and their standard architectural samples. We respect both company’s innovation and environmental dedication; if we are inaccurate in our assessment, we encourage company representatives to comment below.
*- above content was amended on 10/02/06.
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/blog/2006/10/01/paperboard/
 cladding: http://inhabitat.com/blog/2006/04/14/prefab-friday-sunset-cabin/
 louvers: http://inhabitat.com/blog/2006/06/02/prefab-friday-studio-804-modular3/
 filigree: http://inhabitat.com/blog/2005/12/05/edith-cowan-university-chancellery-bldg/
 Kliptech: http://www.kliptech.com/index_main.htm
 Richlite: http://www.richlite.com/
 ShetkaStone: http://inhabitat.com/blog/2006/02/04/new-material-shetkastone/
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