Green Architecture

As a LEED Green Associate, Lindsay Woolf has credentials from the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The LEED professional credential signifies an active participant in the green building movement and a commitment to sustainability.

In design, Lindsay looks at the building materials used, as well as interior finishes, furniture, and the exterior site work.

An Example of Green Initiatives Taken in a Recent Renovation

The quartz countertop manufacturer selected was the first quartz surfacing company to receive ISO 14001 certification (a global standard specifically for environmental protection), ISO 9001 (quality management standard), NSF (public health and safety) certification, and the respected Good Housekeeping Seal from Good Housekeeping Research Institute. They also pioneered environmental and sustainability standards, such as recycling 97% of the water used in manufacturing and collecting dust from shipping, handling, production and processing.

The carpet-bound rugs were manufactured from 100% STAINMASTER® Tactesse® BCF nylon (In other words: durable, stain resistant, and easy to clean means it will last longer). The manufacturer is also certified CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute) Green Label Plus for a high standard for Indoor Air Quality and manufactures the very lowest emitting products on the market.

The dining chairs were sustainably sourced & handmade by local artisans in Indonesia where the majority of the world’s rattans are found.

The tankless water heater provides hot water only as hot water is required.

Energy Star Rating on select appliances.

The Windows were double pane insulated with Low-E glazing.

Reclaimed Pine and Cypress were used for interior floors, beams, the fireplace mantel, and a custom kitchen shelf.

Reclaimed Old Chicago Bricks were used for the fire pit and outdoor grill.

The decking manufacturer reduces the amount of trash sent to landfills by recycling and reclaiming a majority of its waste material during their manufacturing process. They choose to ship their products by rail, saving thousands of gallons of fuel per year and reducing carbon emissions. For water efficiency, they have developed a unique, closed-loop water filtration system, which recycles and reuses hundreds of gallons of water each day. The deck product is manufactured from up to 36% recycled material and it is urea formaldehyde-free. They also use containerboard and corrugated packaging cartons that are made with recycled material fibers which meet SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) sourcing requirements and are 100% recyclable. Their products are certified by the National Green Building Standard (NGBS).

Interiors are also a focus for sustainability with incorporating vintage finds and salvaged architectural items, which not only keeps these items out of the landfill, but also creates a more interesting space.

15 of the 25 light fixtures incorporated in the project were vintage or antique (rewired). 

In a furniture tally, only 7 furnishing items were new, whereas 22 furnishing items were vintage, antique, refurbished, or reupholstered which added interest and character to the feel of the residence.

Made in the USA

In addition to sourcing sustainable products, the following items were procured through American manufacturers:

  • Kitchen Backsplash Tiles (Hand Made in Arizona)
  • Windows (Made in North Carolina & Texas)
  • Bathtub (Made in Evansville, Indiana)
  • Fireplace (Made in the USA)
  • Linen used for curtains (Made in the USA)
  • Blackout Lining & Interlining used for all Curtains (Made in the USA)
  • Carpet Bound Rugs (Made in the USA)
  • Decking (Made in the USA)
  • Mason Jars for Drinking Glasses and to Store Baking Ingredients (Made in the USA)
  • Cast Iron Cookware (Made in the USA)
  • Countertops (Made in the USA)

Made in Louisiana (Even Better)

  • Custom Pine Cabinets and Beams Built by the Talented Carpenter Contractor
  • Reclaimed Pine wood floors (with the old nail holes)
  • Landscaping Grown Locally in Folsom, Louisiana
  • Pine Straw Mulch from Mandeville, Louisiana
  • Adirondack Chairs Built by a Local Carpenter

Landscaping

The use of regional, native plants (Encore Azaleas, Camellias, Southern Palmettos, and Magnolias) were specified because they are best adapted to local conditions so they can thrive with the least care/water and they provide a sense of place.

Pine straw mulch was used because pine trees drop their needles, or straw, naturally, and these are raked up and baled for use as mulch without having to harm a single tree. This makes pine straw a renewable mulch source that is part of the natural cycle.