Crossville Sponsors, Provides Tile for the Traditional Home Magazine® 2015 Hampton Designer Show House

Sag Harbor, NY / Crossville, Tenn. – Crossville, Inc. is a sponsor and product supplier for the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse presented by Traditional Home Magazine® and benefiting Southampton Hospital. 2015 marks the 14th year for the Hampton showhouse and associated events, including a gala preview party and more than a month of open house tours for the public. This year’s home is located in Sag Harbor, NY and was built by Christopher Tufo Design & Build.

Trad Home Hampton Designer Showhouse 2015 - 233 Old Sag Harbor Rd in Bridgehampton

Crossville products are featured in three rooms:

Recreation Room
Designed by Melanie Roy Design
Crossville’s Wood Impressions Porcelain Tile (floor)

Pool House Kitchen
Designed by Tyler Steven Pankratz Design
Crossville’s Ready to Wear Porcelain Stone (backsplash)

Main House Kitchen
Designed by Marlaina Teich Designs
Crossville’s Sideview Glass (backsplash)


The Pool House Kitchen features Crossville’s Ready To Wear Porcelain Stone on the backsplash




The Main House Kitchen features Crossville’s Sideview Glass on the backsplash.

While Crossville is mostly known in the commercial segment, we have an active and growing residential design constituency,” explained Lindsey Waldrep, vice president of marketing for Crossville. “It’s opportunities like these that really allow the brand to shine and show how our tile can really elevate the design in today’s upscale homes. ”

The home is open daily to the public for tours now through September 7, 2015.

The Hampton Designer Showhouse is a project of The Hampton Designer Showhouse Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) corporation.

Sustainability Feature – August 2015 “Green Issue”

The January 2015  deadline for HPDs:  did we survive?

bill_grieseBy Bill Griese, LEED AP BD+C, Standards and Green Initiative manager, Tile Council of North America

Do you remember the panic over Y2K? It was seemingly all anyone could talk about toward the close of 1999. At the stroke of midnight on December 31st, it was believed the year 2000 would be indistinguishable from 1900, causing all computers to crash and creating financial and infrastructural chaos.

A Y2K-like scare gripped the manufacturing community near the end of 2014. At least 26 of the largest architectural firms in the U.S. mandated manufacturers supply HPDs (Health Product Declarations) for all building products by January 1, 2015. Stated consequences for failing to meet the deadline ranged from pursuit of alternative product options to complete deletion from product catalogs.

Some building product manufacturers, including a few in the tile industry, met the January 1 deadline for HPDs, but many didn’t. And yet, as with Y2K, everyone is doing just fine.


So, what is happening with HPDs?

HPDs, which involve building product disclosure of chemical ingredients and associated risks and hazards, are still very much a part of the overall green building conversation and continue to be heavily supported within the architectural community. In fact, today there are seemingly more inquiries about human health ramifications of products than there are about environmental ramifications. Nevertheless, since the January 1 “deadline” has come and gone, the urgency for HPDs has relaxed to a certain extent. This can be attributed to three main factors: delayed implementation of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Version 4, the as-yet unreleased Version 2 of the HPD Open Standard, and the lingering controversy surrounding HPDs in general.


There are many initiatives driving the adoption of HPDs, but the biggest is arguably USGBC’s (US Green Building Council) LEED. When LEED Version 4 was released in late 2013, it was announced that “points” would be awarded toward certification for the use of products with HPDs in LEED building projects. The 60,000-plus registered LEED projects and 20,000-plus certified LEED projects, along with LEED’s substantial influence in the green building marketplace, thrust HPDs into the spotlight. However, after the release of LEED Version 4, it was announced that projects could be registered in accordance with older versions of LEED through most of 2016. As a result, according to a USGBC presentation given at a Chemicals Summit in April 2015, there have been just 18 projects certified to LEED Version 4, only one of which claimed HPD-related points toward certification.

Version 2, HPD Open Standard

Another factor slowing the pace of architectural adoption of HPDs has been the delayed release of Version 2 of the HPD Open Standard, the document that defines the requirements and chemical cutoff thresholds for manufacturers to follow when creating HPDs. Version 2 will contain some new and several modified requirements for HPDs, and many manufacturers have elected to wait for its release before issuing HPDs for their products.

Material contents vs. end-user exposure

Finally, even with widespread architectural demand, some remain reluctant to accommodate HPDs. There is an ongoing debate over material content vs. end-user exposure, and manufacturers and scientists alike agree that pure chemical ingredient reporting can be misleading, especially when chemicals are encapsulated or are only one component of a harmless compound.

Even though their adoption has been delayed, chances are good that HPDs are here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. Organizations like USGBC have invested substantial time and effort in establishing provisions for HPDs in building project specifications. USGBC will require the use of LEED Version 4 exclusively beginning in October 2016, and many have predicted that this will generate more demand for HPDs. Additionally, the HPD discussion will likely be reinvigorated when Version 2 of the HPD Open Standard is released. And finally, manufacturers recognize the general rise in demand for material health transparency and are working toward consensus on HPD solutions that are technically correct and provide relevant information.

What’s next for the tile industry?

TCNA and its members are well versed in LEED Version 4’s HPD-related requirements and can provide education and project solutions in preparation for increased demands as 2016 approaches. Additionally, TCNA has been in communication with the HPD Collaborative, the organization responsible for developing the HPD Open Standard, and it is expected that special considerations will soon be given to certain building materials, including some ceramics, recognizing them as inherently inert with no assumed health risks. And because ceramic tiles are made from natural ingredients that are fused together to form a homogenous and inert product, the ceramic tile industry can readily provide HPDs to satisfy a variety of project requirements.

Did we survive the January 1, 2015 deadline “crisis”? Not only did we survive, it is expected that the tile industry will remain in good position as health-related green building initiatives such as HPDs evolve, with support from various parties working to increase awareness and ensure HPDs accurately address ceramic tile.

A&D Guest Feature – August 2015 “Green Issue”

Theory or practice?

Real-world sustainability experience from A&D professionals

By Lesley Goddin

robinwilsonOver the last few decades, buzz about sustainability is on everyone’s lips. Green certification programs like LEED and Green Globes and product certification programs like Green Squared® and Greenguard® abound.

And yet, what is the experience of actual A&D professionals today? How often are green solutions demanded, offered or implemented? And how are tile products helping to keep our planet, the water we drink and the air we breathe clean, fresh and healthy?

We put a series of questions to two respected forces in the world of design, Anne Rue, Anne Rue Interiors of Lake Mary, Fla., and Robin Wilson, of Robin Wilson Home, based in New York City.

annerueRue is a sought-after and respected voice in the design of residential, hospitality, multifamily and senior living interiors – whose work is about a 50/50 mix between residential and commercial interiors. Anne Rue’s interior design team has built a reputation for its down-to-earth approach to design, working with a broad range of lifestyles and budgets. This spring she was the designer of one of the Coverings Installation Design Showcase vignettes that featured Crossville tile products.

Wilson is an interior designer, businesswoman, expert on healthy homes, and author, most recently of Clean Design: Wellness for your Lifestyle (Greenleaf, 2015). Robin Wilson Home, her design firm, was founded in 2000 and works on select projects throughout the United States, ranging from high-profile clients, private homes, developers and consultation with leading consumer brands. Both Rue and Wilson have appeared on HGTV – Rue in “Design Star”and Wilson in “Selling New York,” among other prestigious broadcast and print appearances.

1-ADSustainability surges and setbacks

Both professionals report a surge in demand for eco-friendly products and sustainable components. For Wilson, earth-friendly design is a cornerstone of any project. “All of our projects incorporate elements of sustainability and eco-friendly products,” Wilson said. “We were one of the early pioneers of this movement since 2000, and we began to publicize our efforts starting in 2006. Today, it is often requested by clients.”

For Rue, about 50% of commercial projects demand sustainability. “I would say that is up by at least 20% to 30% from 5 years ago!” Rue explained.

Why aren’t all projects clamoring for eco-friendly products? Wilson said, “For some people, the biggest issue is the perceived barrier of expense. However, so many companies have brought down the costs so that people can have affordable options.”

Expense isn’t quite the issue for Rue; finding suitable products is. “The biggest challenge is finding sustainable products for all areas,” she said. “The market is not saturated in the LEED and sustainable products yet, but that will be changing, I am sure.”



Tile: important player for green projects

3-ADTile products are important players in the sustainable scenario, particularly large thin porcelain tile that can be used as floor covering, wall covering or even cabinet facing.

“For me the thin tile like Laminam by Crossville has been a big benefit to my projects,” Rue said. “The thin tile is so easy to put over existing flooring if needed, and being able to use a large-scale product or cut it into small scale or even different shapes make it really fun to design with.” Wilson added, “I love thin tile that can also be used as a wall cladding.”

Both designers cite the advantages porcelain tiles with wood-like aesthetics are giving to projects. “Many people are using porcelain tile with wood grain in home spaces that have pool access to prevent damage to actual hardwood floors,” Wilson said.

Rue concurred, adding, “The wood tile look has really changed the game for a lot of people in both commercial and residential projects. The tile looks so realistic that people can’t believe it is not real wood. I am designing a home in St. Simons and my clients wanted real wood but knew the durability of it would not be the best choice for the high-traffic areas and the areas that would be exposed to water. Wood tile was our answer.”

4-ADWilson also praised glittering glass accents as wall coverings. “It is often recycled glass, so people are ensuring that glass is sustainably harvested from the landfill,” she said.

In addition to aesthetics, tile offers a range of advantages that help earn LEED points.

“Ceramic and porcelain tile is a great option for LEED points because of the low to no VOCs, and tile manufacturers are reusing water and materials to reduce waste,” Rue pointed out. “There are also adhesives and grouts that have zero to low VOCs,” an important part of the overall tile installation project, keeping it green from top to bottom.

And tile can be used together with other technologies to pump up earth-friendliness. “Tile can be used in conjunction with radiant heat/geothermal technology to increase LEED points, which can create an overall energy savings,” Wilson offered. “I have also used Silestone as a wall cladding and cut it into tiles for bathroom projects, and it is durable, versatile and antibacterial,” she said.



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