What Is Sustainably Harvested Wood?

It’s easy to assume that identifying sustainably harvested wood is just about the type of wood that’s used, whether that’s woods like bamboo, which are known to be easily renewable, to maple and oak, which are abundant throughout the U.S. and not at risk of dying out. But many more factors should be considered when determining how sustainable your wood really is, including what the product... Continued

How to Create Instant History With Reclaimed Building Materials

With our current age of technology, speed, and convenience, shiny and new is always the fast and cheap solution for building needs. But for the bespoke luxury home as conscious as it is refined, sustainable architecture poses a modern solution both for creating one‑of‑a‑kind, enduring designs and preserving our environment.  One good way to boost the regenerative factor of your architectural... Continued

Why Choose Wood When Evaluating Sustainable Siding Options

Luxury designers looking for sustainable siding that is also beautiful may feel overwhelmed with all the options. From vinyl and metal to fiber cement, there are pros and cons to each type of product. But nothing quite beats the ingenuity of Mother Nature herself. With stellar aesthetics and durability and a low carbon footprint, bark and wood siding are a superior choice for sustainable... Continued

5 Questions to Ask When Evaluating the Eco-Friendly Siding Materials

Given that awareness of sustainable architecture and design has been growing for several decades now, luxury designers are becoming familiar with the general qualities that make green building materials green. There's even a growing consciousness of regenerative design as the next step in the evolution of sustainable thinking. But just because one knows the theory doesn't mean it's always easy to... Continued

Considering the Principles of Regenerative Design for Your Project

An increasing number of designers and architects want to bring sustainable and regenerative concepts to their luxury architecture and interiors, both to create groundbreaking projects and to have a developmental impact. But what exactly does regenerative design mean? How do we begin to consider the regenerative capacity of our projects? The nature of regenerative design is to be holistic. So just... Continued

How to Evaluate the Green in Green Building Materials

Each year, building and construction activities worldwide consume 3 billion tons of raw materials, accounting for 40 percent of total global use of raw materials. Given dwindling nonrenewable resources throughout the world, it's more important than ever for modern designers to make the jump from energy efficient to energy renewing with green building materials. After all, the use of the right... Continued

How Do I Take Sustainable Interior Design to the Next Level?

The sustainable interior design industry is changing to be more environmentally friendly and more informed about manufacturing practices.  As the buying power of Millennials and Generation Z consumers grows, so too does the importance of their expectation for luxury brands to share their personal values, including patronage of sustainable and/or socially conscious brands and products.  PHOTO... Continued

We Can Do Better Than Sustainable Building Materials

For those seeking better than sustainable materials, the good news is that regenerative materials are here! Everyone seeks to be better or do better or give better. We also want the power of our investments to produce better outcomes. The promise that sustainability would produce “better” has stalled in recent years. Sustainability is defined as “the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or... Continued

Regeneration in Dezeen, Climate Change in Fashion and the 2020 UN Summit

Architecture and Fashion take the stage to increase awareness about the urgency of climate-system-disruption – but is it enough? Michael Pawlyn, AIA told Dezeen Magazine: "We urgently need to look at means to be regenerative" Pawlyn believes the solution is regenerative design – the development of restorative and  Continued

Buckminster Fuller Questions – Bark House Responses

A Regenerative Source Guild of the Blue Ridge is the exact initiative that our state needs to be behind in the face of the dire consequences of climate-systems disruption.  The Buckminster Fuller Institute launches various challenges that encourage creators of whole-systems to succinctly communicate their potential, and I routinely take advantage of these exercises.  I was finishing up my... Continued

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