AIA Ethics Code Now Covering Sustainability – Focus On Building Materials

Bark House bark sheets and panels: natural texture
An op-ed from BuildingGreen president Nadav Malin details an analysis of new changes in AIA Ethics.  You can read an introduction here . As noted, “Building materials: members should select and use building materials to minimize exposure to toxins and pollutants in the environment to promote environmental and human health and to reduce waste and pollution … Continued

The Bark House Legacy – est 1990

Bark House Natural Bark Products: Trees
Bark House founders wanted to increase the vitality of the Appalachian Region that they call home.  This would require creating livelihoods for people born of a gentle culture that revered nature.  The work had to honor ancient traditions and values of the whole-community, something that local people could take pride in.  Growing its viability would … Continued

Bark House Bark Product – Distribution

Freund is a distributor of Bark House poplar wall coverings and other naturals
Our distributors have a talent for showcasing Bark House products…   Their creative designs are such an asset! Let us introduce you to our Distributors… 3 Rivers Building Supply Blowing Rock, NC CaraGreen   Raleigh, NC Chick Lumber North Conway, NH Earth Elements Bozeman, MT Jackson Hole, WY Sun Valley, ID Whitefish MT Freund GMBH Berlin, Germany Henson Building Materials Black Mountain, NC Linville, NC Hyde Park Lumber Cinncinatti, OH Jennings Building Supply Cashiers, NC … Continued

A FACTORY LIKE A FOREST – A DISRUPTIVE FORCE OF NATURE

The Bark House demonstrates qualitatively and quantitatively that which has been envisioned metaphorically– a factory can be like a forest.  Air, water and soil are improved in the local life-shed that’s impacted by company manufacturing processes. Like a forest, the Bark House enhances more than its place of origin.  Its products connect the local community and … Continued

Sustainable Brands

From the article: Building a regenerative Company and a Whole Community Our handcrafted wall coverings for interiors and exteriors are made to evoke the substance and the essence of trees themselves, in a product that builds an authentic connection between nature, individuals, and the built environment. We believe they are beautiful, unique and bridge a … Continued

Environmental Building News

From the article: Bark Cladding is First Cradle to Cradle Platinum Product Cradle to Cradle Platinum Certification sets a very high bar for sustainability. A decade in, Bark House shingles are the first to make the grade. Cradle to Cradle (C2C) was the first certification to attempt to define in 2005 what sustainability might look … Continued

Leadership in Sustainable Manufacturing Award

The Bark House received the Leadership Award in Sustainable Manufacturing from the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) today.  The award was presented by NC Commerce Secretary John Skvarla, NCMEP Director Phil Mintz, and EDPNC Global business Services VP John Loyack at the Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro to company co-founders, Marty and Chris McCurry. … Continued

4 Questions About The Built Environment

GreenBuild Home Show 2016 featured Bark House poplar bark wall panels and white birch veneer laminate wall coverings
GreenBuild Home Bark House® connects people to nature in the built environment through regenerative design that is strong across all pillars of the sustainability triad. Why is The Built Environment so important to humanity? The Built Environment comprises humanity’s largest impact on the overall health of people, the planet and social capital.  The materials that are used … Continued

Helping Build What’s Next

The Bark House staff have been very engaged during these summer months helping craft “what’s next in the built environment”.  Although there is a lot to be celebrated that will be discussed here, there is also a lot to be done.  We’ll be sharing more on that later. I just spoke at the Living Products … Continued

Designing a Business – Inspired By Nature Part 3

Water Stewardship No water is used in the manufacturing of Bark House® Poplar Bark Shingles and Wall Coverings.  This is a big deal given that the Industry sector uses 5% of US fresh-water according to the EPA  and the manufacturing of wood is a major part of that.   The US Department of Interior Geological Survey website states:  “The industries that produce metals, wood and paper products, chemicals, gasoline … Continued