Sustainable Products

Living, Eating, Sleeping, Cleaning, Working:

This is what we are doing in our homes and work places.

Over the past few year I have come closer to defining my work, and the impact with my career as it relates to what I believe in the overall well-being of myself, those who are close to me, and the world. As an architect I believe that I have an opportunity to help people evaluate their current life situations and suggest a different way that they may use their space or acquire a new place.

I promote using what you own, and self-sufficiency. In our Green-saturated world of products, if you build new, I promote using those items for your own health-sake and to abide by nature’s given sequence.

Below is an Interiors Matrix that I have developed in hopes to allow people who want to afford products that are local, good to breathe around, and sturdy, the ability to do so.

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Flooring –

Aluminum Floor Tile Eco Friendy Flooring, Madison WI

Daltile Rittenhouse Subway Tiles

Altro Healthcare Flooring

CentreMills Antique Floors

Conklin’s Vintage Wood – NE Pa

Aged Wood Antique Flooring in York PA

Sylvan Brandt Reclaimed Wood PA

The Woods Company PA

EcoTimber Artemis

Goodwin Heart Pine Micanopy, FL

Fritz Tile Texas

Stone Eco Friendy Flooring, Madison WI

Eco-Terr Slab / Tile Floors

SileStone Tiles

Cork Click by Natural Cork           Artemis

EnviroGlass in Plano Texas  http://www.enviroglasproducts.com/

Lascaux Tile – Decoritive

Forbo Marmoleum   Stout Carpet Mt. Lebannon 412 563 5600

Forbo Marmoleum  Click 1’x3’    Artemis

Forbo Marmoleum  Click 1’x1’    Artemis

Forbo Marmoleum Sheet             Artemis

Forbo Composition Tile 13”x13” Artemis

Earth Weave Carpet Dalton, Georgia

Interface Carpet Tile  InterfaceFlor

FLOR Modular Tiles Artemis

Flexco Flextuft (rubber tile best outdoor apl.) Bennet

Flexco Tuflex (rubber tile best outdoor apl.) Bennet

Cast Basalt Tile     Artemis

Warm Board

4 x 8 x 1 particle, Recycled Wheat /Straw Plywood

Dragon Fly Bamboo Flooring

Nice Flooring Website – Amtico

Vermont Natural Coating

Mapei Floor Sealer

AFM Safecoat Stains / Sealers

Stained Concrete Radiant Floors 15622 zip

Radiantec

Warmly Yours

Hannel Radiant Direct

Uponor Radient Floors

Heated & Chilled Raised Floors by Lindner

Armstrong Standard Excelon VCT

Shaw Carpet, Anso Nylon

Trim –

Stained Wood Base 5 ½”

Lewislp Reclaimed Trim in Picture Rocks, Pa

Wood Crown

Johnsonite Contour Base

Mdf Base Sierra Pine

Roppe Eco Effects

Forbo Base

Stock Pine 9/16” x 4 ½”

Walls –

American Clay  Artemis & EcoSupply

Trove Wallpaper & Printed Wood Veneer

Fashion Wallcovering

Altro Healthcare Wall Surface

Wall Coverng by Grahm Brown www.grahambrown.com

MDC Wallcovering IL

Carnegie xorele (sustainable wallcovering)

Grass Cloth (asian grasses)

Ppg Primer & 2 Finish coats

Farrow Ball  http://www.farrow-ball.com

BioShield Paint www.biosieldpaint.com

Tabrasa Low VOC Dry Erase Paint

Green Series Caulk  www.greenseries.com

Red Devil Caulk  www.reddevil.com

Modular Arts Wall Panels

3 Form – Translucent Panels / Partitions

Echo Recycled Glass Tile from Crossville Wa

Recycled Glass Tile Eco Friendy Flooring, Madison WI

Surface Materials 

Daltile Rittenhouse Subway Tiles

Ellen Blakeley NJ, manuf. Where?

Aluminum Floor Tile Eco Friendy Flooring, Madison WI

Walker Zanger Tile

VMZinc

Colored Stainless Steel sh@millenniumtiles.com

NovaCork 4’x8’ sheet                  Bennet Supply

Design Wall 4’x8’ sheet               Bennet Supply

Burlap 4’x8’ sheet                          Bennet Supply

Nyloboard (rec.cpt)                    Artemis

3/4″, 5/8″, 3/8″ X 4 X 8 sheets and beadboard

Used for outdoor app. garage doors, rainscreens & pergolas.

Plyboo, Plywood & Sheet Goods                Artemis

Kirei, Sorghum Board, Coconut Panels      Artemis

Sunflower Seed Board, Wheatboard            Artemis

Wedi Board for shower 3’x3’       Artemis

Eco-Cem Panel

Kliptec Exterior Surfaces

Nichiha Exterior Panels

Fresh face on Concrete Panels

Standing Seam Metal Roof & Exterior Walls

www.haarchitects.com Light-in in brick ties

2 x 6 Stud, GWB, Batt insulation

Zip System by Huber Engineered Woods

Cement Siding   James Hardie Bldg. Supply

Fiber Cement Board

Green Screen Plant Trellis

Green Screen

Ice Block

Solarbord osb w/ reflective foil – Roof / wall Sheating

DenShield Moisture resistant by Georgia Pacific for Tile Backer

Insulation

Weka – Wool insulation through Artemis

Ultra Touch Cotton  Gray Group, Altoona Pa 814.949.0371

Bonded Logic

EcoBatt

Greensulate by Ecovative Design

Cell Pak Blow in Insulation KY

Green Fiber Loose Fill Insulation

Icynene Spray Foam formaldehyde-free

Stains & Finishes –

AFM Safecoat paint and Caulking www.aftmsafecoat.com

Quartz Lock Grout at Dal-Tile Pittsburgh #169  412 787 2040

Bulkhead –

Studs & Gwb with Paint

Casework & Work Surface –

Gouldsberry Cabinet Shop Middle Grave Crk Moundsville, WV 26041 (304) 845-3466

Products Online

Valcucine

Richlite EcoSupply

Subterra Cork             EcoSupply

Paperstone -1”std   Artemis

ShetkaSTONE www.shetkastone.com in Le Center, MN

Cement based w/ recycled content:

Ice Stone

VitraStone

Lithistone

Vetrazzo Color Palet

Squak Mountain Stone

Epoxy/Resin based w/ recycled content:

Alkemi

Eco-Terr www.eco-terr.net

EnviroGlass in Plano Texas

Sand Hill Industries Recycled Glass in Idaho

Subterra Cork

Solid Surface:

Silestone – eased edge – Distributor Vangura, 81 miles, pa

Sierra Pine MDF – Fmld.free ½” 4’x8’ sheet Beth B @ Bennet

Sierra Pine MDF – Fmld.free ¾” 4’x8’ sheet Beth B @ Bennet

Corian

Wilsonart

Formica Signature

Wilsonart Laminate

Formica Laminate

Cambria Quartz Countertop – at Famous and Lowes

Quartz Countertop, Eco by Conentino – made of 75% recycled material and bound by corn oil resin

At Famous Supply & Shuttler

CaesarStone CaesarStone Motivo, wall Tile

Shelving

Eco-Terr Slab countertop

Eco-Cem Panel For cabinetry face

Staron Solid Surface – Acrylic solid surface with recycled content. Found at Home Depot.

Holiday Kitchens – Wisconsin Cabinet company

Kliptec surfaces

Doors / Frames and Hardware –

Handmade Cabinetry Knobs       Artemis

Eleek Door Handles / Pulls / Switchplates

Spectra Hardware

Valcucine

EcoBuilt Garage Doors by www.overheaddoor.com

Larson Juhl Photo Frames

Atlas Homewares

Ceiling –

Acoustic Plaster System Pyrok Inc, NY

2 x 2 Jute ACT  by Armstrong

Heated & Chilled Metal Ceilings

Sustainably Harvested / Repurposed Wood Plank Ceiling

Conklin’s Beams – Vintage Wood – NE Pa

Corrugated Aluminum

Furniture –

Green Grove Design AZ

Salvage Shops:

Oldegoodthings.com

Arch.emporium, Adams Ave. in Cannonsburg Pa

Construction Junction, Lexington Ave., Pittsburgh

Who’s New 5156 Butler StreetPittsburgh, PA  who-new.com

Bedrock Industries

Mattresses & Linens

www.lifekind.com

www.savingrest.com

www.earthsake.com

www.goodnightnaturals.com

Stool www.vivaterra.com

Sage in Design Furniture

Some Sustainable Furniture from All Steel

davisfurniture.com from rep Lisa Tomasovich

tuohyfurniture.com from rep Lisa Tomasovich

Bernhardt – at Macys and Today’s Home in Pittsburgh

Organic Towels  bedside manor

Furniture by Lee

Equipment–

Excel Dryer

Whirlpool Energy Star Dryer

Amish wash tumble

Stoves –

Blaze King Industries

Elmira Stoveworks

Jotul

Fabric / Curtains / Shades –

Designtex

Exterior Designer Shades

Mecho Shade (Interior / Exterior)

Lutron (Interior / Exterior)

Earth Shade www.earthshade.com

Arc-Com Fabrics        Artemis

Brentano Fabrics        Artemis

Solucent Exterior Shades by Cambridge Architectural

Dressage and Strata by Conrad UV Shades of Natural Fibers

Fabric by Distinctly Duralee

Curtain Works

Lighting –

Eleek Sconces, Ceiling, Table & Floor          Artemis

Charles Loomis Lighting Cabin

SolaTube

Exterior – Sternberg Lighting

Insight Lighting – Compact-5 Hanging Fluorescent and EX-5 Linear Fluorescent

Partitions –

Lumicor Recycled content

Plumbing –

Clean Grey Water System by Hansgrohe

Black Water by WET

Sinks by Eleek   Artemis

James Hardie rain Cistern

Tankless heater

Hybrid Energy Touchless Faucet by Kohler

Signange –

Energy Usage & Equipment –

Solar Hot Water

Solar Attic Fan  Artemis

Climate Master Geothermal

Solar Thermal System (Solar Hot water heating) by Apricus

Wood Stoves

Radiant Floors

Misc. Finishes –

Masland silk carpets                       Artemis

AFM Safecoat Paint                       Artemis

Durostain                                       Artemis

AFM Naturals line of oil wax       Artemis

Sealent – OSI Green series            Artemis

Osmo OIl wax (atl. to stain)        Artemis

Garuda Woven Rugs

Eleek Hardware

Upcycled Accessories by Mothology

Rugs by Roubini

Home Decorators – Rugs

Windows –

Serious Logic Window Systems

Roofing –

Metal Galvalume roofing

Semper Green Green Roof

Carlisle Roof Gardnes

Site –

Soil Retention Plantable Concrete Systems

Compost Pail

Recycled Plastic Lumber for Planters/ outdoor furniture

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I believe in quality over quantity. There are many products that are competitive to other non-sustainable products in price, and I think in the long run that if the price of things drive us to act or not, then we should evaluate our values again. If something is too expensive then it is probably not necessary, in our country, in America.  When we buy cheap products, cheap food, cheap clothes, too much too often, it is always at the cost of something!

~ Conceptual Work with the Online Green Design Team below~

Other recent products I’ve found:

Upcycled Accessories by Mothology.

Furniture made by artisans at McGuire in San Francisco.

Furniture by Bernhardt at Macys and Today’s Home in Pittsburgh.

Bath Mat of handwoven vetiver root fibers by Gaiam.

Ever Heard of Affordable Comfort?

Look into Deep Energy Reductions and Thousand Home Challenge for more on affordable comfort!

My contact is Linda Wiggington, who is the founder, though her main work now is on 2 initiatives: “Deep Energy Reductions” and “Thousand Home Challenge” listed on this page here.

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Free Cycle

Philadelphia Garden Thoughts

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David Culp spends an early Thursday afternoon touring friends around his home 2 acres, the layered garden he has hand-planted in the forest. He says, the house is the best ornament of the garden. It’s a 1790 home on a hillside. In October’s change of season the locus drops its yellow color, filling the wind with flat worn darts. Broken antique tulips from the 1800’s are buried below the surface, in the spring the gravel drive fills with red poppies. Outdoor rooms surround and open the house below the 100-year-old Virginia Spruce. He has a black and white garden, bonsai trees growing in hollowed logs, a winter garden, and a full summer one waiting to go to sleep. He borders the wilderness, and as the land falls away from him, he offers it to the natural garden, mother earth.

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At Winterthur there are a pallet of materials that you will find in the garden. Jeff is in charge of the garden objects. We too are among the big forest trees, small in their tall cathedral. Gardens may be for education, for health, none of us tire at being outside among the blooms for four days. We walk near the 8 acres of azalea woods, then into the stone circles surrounding meadow trees. Color moved through the outdoors, and in the children’s garden the stone bench sunk into the mortar, the roof thatched by the in-house Thatcher.

At Chanticleer every gardener had the winter project of making. Cherry wood soft to the touch led us through the pathways and sunk into the ground to welcome the boundaries making places. Out door rooms just 25′ by 24′ have arbors, stairs to the guest room, and floating flowers in the still water urn. On Fridays, guests are welcome for picnics.  Water fountains drain to trickle troughs and the reflective surface of the ruin dining room table is one large coffin. A roof has collapsed, this is Emma’s garden where acorns have embed themselves in granite books, floating faces gasp at the surface of the black basin.

Water is managed everywhere, at the Morris Arboretum it is held in cisterns below recycled metal green roofs, circuited beneath the porous walkways and directed from the large asphalt lots. The old estate now has showers, horticulturists, classrooms, designers, equipment sheds, mulchers, one place to locate everything you may need.

Mt. Cuba shared the native piedmont plants and the sound of us walking around on the gravel to end our trip. This garden was most similar to what the West Virginia Botanic garden is, the managed meadow with a few grasses, and small seedlings at the edge. The Walden pond, dyed black to improve the reflectivity of tourists, fall balls of the bursting heart, and coupled benches. It is an all of a sudden reflectivity, complete at the edge with pitcher plants.  ‘What did nature put here? What did people put here?’ – Hough

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How to be More Me

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As an architect creative work can be challenging in both big and small jobs when working on a deadline and within unknown expectations. The only way to continue being more me is by recognizing opportunities and reinforcing my hopes while being open to growth.

Life is a web connecting all experiences. Memories of hiking blend with writing and sketching while sitting in the shade of my back porch watching the flowers birds and bees. Encouraged to create the life I want to make for myself has made me feel lighter in everything I do. With positive thoughts all parts of life will begin to point toward the central meaning of life.

In my professional life everything goes into the process of architecture. The key is finding the spark in doing the work. Architecture school teaches how to push work to its best by researching, collaborating and asking questions. Whether trying to sell work to new clients or the motivation to finish a project well, keeping the sense of excitement in work is important. Getting lost in the enjoyment of work is the best feeling.

Thinking these thoughts this week while walking to work the simple T-shirt statement OBEY clicked with me. Created by Shepard Fairey, the shirt has a political connotation to it as does most of his art. What OBEY meant to me that day was out of context. I read it on my morning commute and that day, more than usual, there were more business people with backpacks, students going to class on skateboards, and hotel-goers out for a morning stroll. I felt a kindred spirit with them all. We were enjoying exercise and the outdoors, on our way through the day. ‘Obey’ meant obey myself, obey my desire, be more me, and I liked it.

When I open my mind to be perceptive I see clues all over the world. Nike’s iconic statement ‘Just Do It’ and the film that still brings me to tears, ‘Move’ are other advertising examples. These messages are about pushing yourself, believing in yourself, knowing yourself. It’s what I love about getting up early before work to take a run, knowing that this time is mine and I am achieving a goal.

The meditation series ‘Getting Unstuck: Creating a Limitless Life’ by Deepak and Oprah is about allowing creativity for yourself while promoting others creativity. We are all motivated when engaged in something we personally enjoy. Reflecting on work then, how do I make these moments an open place for growing? All parts of work aren’t enjoyable. By finding creativity in different tasks, we can feel lighter and more encouraged. After all, this is where most weekly energy is spent.

The book Bossypants by Tina Fey offers some great co-creator* thoughts. Fey’s number one advice is agree and then offer yes, and solutions. The yes, and approach means building on ideas. That is, building on their ideas instead of saying no. Make positive statements when addressing co-workers. For example, statements that recognize accomplishments and task items are better than beginning a meeting with ‘where are we?’ Share empowered feelings while acknowledging everyone’s role in the product. This is easier said than done, as not everyone you work with may be so cheerful. ‘In any situation when faced with unsolicited advice ask yourself “Is this person between me and what I want to do?” If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used during your work and outpacing people that way… If yes, use the Sesame Street strategy of “Over! Under! Through!” to be yourself. Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.’ Fey encourages.

Twelve years an architect and I realize doing the best kind of architecture comes from within and from collaboration. At this point in my career I can attract the kind of work I want because I have had the experience of doing it. Living within a six-hour drive from New York City, DC, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, all megacities of art and architecture, my life is relatively easy-going and continues to grow in my profession. I am an architect in a community setting. I want to work. I garden, know my neighbors, have time to run, practice yoga and meditation. These are a part of my practice. I have time to hike and upkeep an old house with my husband, money to travel and money to save. I have a great quality of life that influences my work.

I want to be me more in my architecture by promoting the work I enjoy doing. This week I was pushed by being open to noticing the ways in which the world gives opportunities. Being my best person and architect is done by thinking and acting on what I love to do. I encourage you to do the same.

 

*Common saying by Deepak Chopra