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Exclusive Preview of Pioneering, Sustainable Kitchen and Bath Design

Santa Monica, CA (June 19, 2012) – Cosentino and Kohler Co., two leading kitchen and bath brands featured throughout PUNCHouse 234, the home of Lisa Ling and her husband Paul Song, hosted area architects and designers Tuesday evening to celebrate the completion of the first energy-neutral home in Santa Monica. The 4,300-square foot home, which took two years to complete, is an impressive showcase of sustainable architecture, and the latest green technology and material innovations.

Guests met the couple's principal designer, Marco DiMaccio of Punchouse Design Group, and toured the home to learn about the innovative products in the stunning kitchen and bathrooms, which were specified to help the project earn the LEED Platinum rating. The highly regarded certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Program for homes, underscores the significance of this energy-neutral home.

"We are happy to open our home up to local architects and designers. We hope to inspire them with the modern and efficient design and innovative products," Ling said. "We are committed to sharing what we've learned about Green building systems and products so that all of us may live an independent and sustainable lifestyle."

While guests enjoyed an Asian-inspired menu of hors d'oeuvres provided by AN Catering — a nod to the couples' heritage and impressive Asian art collection — they learned more about the two sponsoring brands: Cosentino, a family-owned leading manufacturer of quartz and recycled surfaces, and Kohler, a global leader in kitchen and bath products.

Cosentino's leading brands, Silestone natural quartz and ECO by Cosentino recycled surfacing, are featured in Ling and Song's home. In the kitchen, a dramatic waterfall-style countertop in Silestone's Yukon Blanco is punctuated with the bold Nuit Bleu in a honed Volcano texture. Made from a host of recycled materials including mirrors and porcelain, ECO By Cosentino in White Diamond brightens several bathrooms in the home. Pops of bold color from Silestone's Life! Series also pack a punch, with a striking striped wall treatment.

"We are honored to help inspire the A+D community by showing them such a fantastic example of how sustainable design can truly be beautiful with the right products," said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America. "We had the pleasure of working with both Lisa and Marco to fully realize the possibility of our products in such a stunning way."

Kohler served as the sole source of all kitchen and bath plumbing products in the home with a wide range of water-efficient toilets, showerheads, faucets and urinals that use less water but still perform to expectations. The kitchen is distinguished with the highly functional, multi-task Chef-Inspired Stages Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink and the articulating Karbon Kitchen Faucet. Each bathroom showcases a number of elegant offerings including the sōk Overflowing Whirlpool Bath for Two, Steam Generator and Steward Waterless Urinal in the master bathroom. Other Kohler additions showcase technology and design, including the company's most advanced toilet – the iconic Numi Comfort Height Toilet – on the home's lower level, while the Highbridge Enameled Cast Iron Bathtub upstairs features 80 percent recycled material.

"Kohler was proud to be a part of this magnificent home that Lisa Ling and Paul Song have built," said Todd Weber, Communications Director-PR, for Kohler. "It is a true masterpiece for the A&D community to come out and experience, and visually reinforces that you can marry great design with sustainable principles and products. The Kohler products are beautiful and high quality. Many of them are designed to save water, while others incorporate recycled materials, and the latest technology to make life a little easier and more enjoyable."

In addition to the remarkable kitchen and bath design, the home features a number of innovative solutions facilitating the energy-neutral home, while also making it a welcoming environment to entertain friends and family. All appliances are energy-efficient, an air conditioning unit was eliminated in favor of a passive cooling design, 8 passive solar hot water panels heat the radiant heated floors, pool, and domestic hot water, 64 photovoltaic panels help generate energy and a 5,000-gallon rainwater tank collects runoff to irrigate the home's desert landscape. During re-­‐construction, the previous home was carefully dismantled and the lumber, nails, windows, doors, plaster and concrete were reused or recycled, so that nothing was sent to the landfill. For more information on PUNCHouse 234 visit www.punchouse234.com

About Kohler Co.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America's oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations. For more information, visit www.kohler.com

About Cosentino
The Cosentino Group currently has 6 factories, 15 kitchen and bathroom surface production centers in the US, more than 70 distribution points or Centers worldwide, and a staff of over 2,200 spread across the globe (700 in the U.S.). From its headquarters in Almeria, Spain, the Group distributes its products and brands in more than 60 countries, and directly manages and controls its own facilities and infrastructures in 17 countries: the USA, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Norway, Italy and Portugal. Currently, almost 80 percent of its turnover comes from international markets. For more information, visit www.cosentinonorthamerica.com

About PUNCHouse Ecodesign Group
Marco Dimaccio is an acclaimed designer who brings a playful and Green approach to the world of design. With a background in architecture, product design and film work, DiMaccio developed PUNCHouse- a company dedicated to creating ecologically sustainable architecture. DiMaccio does not believe that "eco" needs to translate into rustic, banal, run-of-the-mill design. On the contrary, he feels that ecodesign should be colorful, daring and bold, like nature itself. DiMaccio believes that there should be a symbiotic relationship between the aesthetic quality of the architecture and the natural beauty of its surrounding environment. For more information, visit www.punchouse.com

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