Bark House Dives Deeper Into Regenerative Development with Regenesis

We are excited to be working with Regenesis, a world leader in the field of regenerative development. Thought leaders at Regenesis are coaching us in deepening our commitment as Regenerative Practitioners, as well as further enlivening the work of the  Regenerative Source Guild of the Blue Ridge . As passionate as we are about regenerative development, we know that undertaking projects can be complex and … Continued

How to Evaluate the Green in Green Building Materials

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 … Continued

We Can Do Better Than Sustainable Building Materials

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 … Continued

Welcoming Brody Watson to the Bark House Team!

Bark House is proud to add Brody Watson to our team as Head of Sales. A Western North Carolina native, Brody earned his MBA at Appalachian State University. His interest in eco-friendly business practices that uplift the local Appalachian community and environment is well-aligned with Bark House’s regenerative design mindset. He looks forward to drawing from his construction, business … Continued

A New Journey for Ryan Crawley

Please join the Bark House team as we wish Ryan Crawley, Head of Sales, the very best as he begins a new journey. Ryan has been with Bark House for an incredible 13 years and Head of Sales for 10 of those.  His aim has been to support our client’s goals and celebrate their successes.  … 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 … Continued

ForestHer NC: Women Landowners in the Blue Ridge

Chris McCurry attended the first of several workshops in Morganton, geared toward women landowners in the Blue Ridge Region.  The room was filled with smart women who really care about their land, their community and nature. ForestHer NC is a new initiative created by conservation organizations in North Carolina to provide women who are forest … Continued

DE-Certification

In the last couple of weeks, my friend and thought leader Carol Sanford shared a podcast on the history of how certifications began, and why they cannot continue for the built environment industry.  Over a year ago, I shared my impassioned rebuff of certifications with Carol.  At the time, I had just decided to drop all Bark House certifications and … Continued

ABCs of Bark House® Poplar Bark Wall Coverings

      The bark of different tree species has different attributes.  Below, we are exploring Liriodendron tulipifera.       APPALACHIANS:  Ancient and biologically diverse , the Appalachians – where Bark House and Liriodendron tulipifera can be found – are among the oldest of mountain ranges.       BIODEGRADABLE:  This means the raw, chemical-free bark can break … Continued