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Cuisine: a step greener

Cuisine: a step greener

À ECO + class cuisine at breast height

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  • Carole thibaudeauThe Press

At the height of a man, who launched three kitchen models in September, sets the bar a little higher today, with the ECO + class kitchen, which tracks pollutants in their last entrenchments, in addition to promoting good environmental actions. “This is my contribution to Earth Day (tomorrow),” says its president, designer Louis-Philippe Pratte.

We are known at height, or Hh, for its Juliette cutting board, its accessories and wooden furniture from Quebec, its environmental and social commitment, as well as, more recently, its kitchen models. Louis-Philippe Pratte wanted, for his last baby, “to raise the ecological level higher”. We could still remove VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and make composting and recovery easier.

The process led to the “ÉCO + class kitchen”, which differs from those that preceded it by the use of chipboard without VOCs (instead of melamine boards), innovative lighting (LED modules without direct electrical contact), spaces for recycling and composting, and finally the possibility of recovering “barely gray” domestic water. To do this, At breast height add a funnel next to the tap. If, for example, we let the water run while waiting for it to be quite cool, we bring the jet above the funnel, which directs the water into a tank under the counter. This recovered water, very clean, can be used to water the plants.

Louis-Philippe Pratte wanted a sustainable product, not a kitchen that is redone every five years. The drawers are assembled with dovetail. The aesthetic, sober and warm, will cross fashion with happiness. The hardware (Blum), one of the few items not made in Quebec, is of high quality.

ECO + cuisine will cost 15 to 20% more than its non-ECO + equivalent.

“The additional cost comes mainly from ecological chipboards,” explains Louis-Philippe Pratte. It is not yet a mass product. ”

Hh kitchens are manufactured by Bois Urbain, by young people in socio-professional reintegration. For each tree used, 10 trees are planted by the company Linéaire Design.

Louis-Philippe Pratte is currently a finalist in the Arista competition of the young chamber of commerce of Montreal.

In our photo:

– Maple? Cherry? Beech? Oak? Among these local species of FSC certified solid wood, we choose the one that will make up the front of the drawers, the cabinet doors and the exposed walls of the boxes. “Maple is a good choice because it is a hard wood at an affordable price,” says Louis-Philipe Pratte. Various ecological finishes are possible.

– The wardrobe frames are made of Nu Green Zero chipboard panels (Uniboard), an ecological version of melamine boards. Nu Green Zero panels are made of 100% FSC-certified wood particles, which are bound by a resin without urea formaldehyde. Goodbye, ugly VOCs!

– Glued laminated wood counter: maple, oak, cherry or beech. Solid wood boards from Quebec are glued with a product without toxic emissions. Maintenance, two or three times a year, is done with a beeswax mixture. If the customer wishes, the counter can have a “butcher’s stall” section, in which the wooden blades are “upright” rather than horizontal.

– Solon stainless steel basket (from Blanco), to collect vegetable peelings and other compostable organic waste.

– Behind the island: a space to house the bins of recyclable materials and the vermicompost bin.

– Under the upper cupboards: the Heico Lighting LED lighting system. “The power supply of the lights is done without direct contact, by electromagnetism, as for the electric toothbrush on its charger”, explains Audrée Duclos Paré, director of marketing of this Montreal company. You can easily move the fixture along the wire, and place as many as you want. Useful for recessed, under a cabinet or a cornice.

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