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LEEDer’s of the Pack!

The J Banks Design building was the first LEED-certified building on Hilton Head Island, and only the twelfth in South Carolina. President Joni Vanderslice’s decision to build green resulted from wanting to gain first-hand knowledge of new design practices that could benefit her clients as well as provide a healthy environment for her employees.

So what does being LEED-certified mean?

LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED-certified buildings are designed to:

  • Lower operating costs and increase asset value
  • Reduce waste sent to landfills
  • Conserve energy and water
  • Be healthier and safer for occupants
  • Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
  • Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in hundreds of cities

Below is an explanation of the many ways that the J Banks Design building applies the LEED building principles. Hopefully these concepts will inspire you to include some  of these options in your home or business.

RETAIL STORE:

The reclaimed flooring came from a barn in South Carolina and was sealed with a low VOC product. Low VOC products include any paint, stain, or varnish that uses water instead of petroleum as a carrier. Due to the low VOC paint being water based, not only is cleanup much easier, but also harmful emissions are much lower compared to their solvent-based counterparts.

 

All retail display cabinets were made locally which minimizes transportation costs thus reduces the need to use fossil fuels.

The showroom drapery dividers are made of linen, a natural material, and were fabricated locally.

The insulation used is Sprayed Polyurethane Foam (SPF). SPF fills and seals all exposed areas and cracks around the perimeter of your structure, giving you protection from air drafts and moisture.

THE SIENNA ROOM:

The chandelier is made with a combination of recycled glass and steel.

The butt board walls are made from wood harvested from the trees that were cleared for building construction and were milled on site.

The entire room has low VOC paint, sealants and adhesives.  This room also includes locally made cabinetry.

WAREHOUSE:

A skylight was added to maximize daylight and minimize the need for artificial light.

Occupancy lighting sensors are used in this area and throughout the rest of the building. Lights automatically turn on or off due to detected motion in an area. Energy savings can result by turning off the lights when a space is unoccupied. Occupancy sensors can also enhance security and reduce light pollution.

BATHROOMS:

There is low flow plumbing  in the bathrooms that use less water than conventional fixtures. The sinks feature motion sensors and turn off when not in use.

Dual flush toilets help to conserve water.

We have a repurposed piece of antique furniture as the vanity for the women’s restroom on the first floor.  Reusing existing furniture reduces the need for raw material extraction.

STUDIO/OFFICES:

All furniture from previous offices was used and the teak desks were made from reclaimed wood.

The carpet is tiled and made of recycled content. Installation for this type of carpet produces far less waste than traditional broadloom carpet. Also, tiled carpet is easier to repair as you only need to replace a small area in the event of a spill or stain.

A skylight was added to this area as well to maximize natural light and reduce the need for artificial light. Natural light in the workplace contributes to better immune systems and healthier happier occupants!

Interior Light Shelf

Interior Light Shelves above the bookcases on the left.

Interior light shelves reflect direct sun to the white ceiling, which then bounces back down as ambient light, thus reducing the need for artificial light. (See diagram below)

Exterior Light Shelves

The perimeter of the upper level features both interior and exterior architectural light shelves. Light shelves are typically used in high-rise and low-rise office buildings, as well as institutional buildings. This design is generally used on the Southern side of the building, where maximum sunlight is found. Exterior light shelves are effective in reducing glare and providing shade, while still allowing indirect light to enter the building. A combination of exterior and interior shelves work best in providing an even illumination gradient.

KITCHEN:

The VCT (Vinyl Commercial Tile) that looks like cork is made from recycled products.

We use re-usable dishware instead of disposable plates in an effort to reduce waste.

All employees have glass water bottles that they can refill. The glass water bottles are locally made of recycled materials.

THROUGHOUT:

All paper, glass, plastics, metals and cardboard are recycled.

All paints, adhesives and coatings are low-VOC or VOC-free.  All non-wooden floors are made of recycled content and all wooden floors are made from recycled heart pine barn siding.

Landscaping consists entirely of local, native and drought tolerant plants. This reduces the need for lawn care and watering.

Parking spaces are made of permeable pavers that reduce storm water runoff.

There is a bike rack and shower to encourage employees to cycle or walk to work.

Natural light is available in almost every room in the building, including interior areas via transom windows at the top of walls.

Roofing contains high-albedo materials that reduce heat islands which helps keep the building cool, thus reducing energy consumption.

We are very proud of our LEED-certification and currently have 4 LEED Green Associates and 1 LEED Green AP on staff.  We embrace the concept of designing green as not only an investment in the environment, but also an investment in better health.

For more information on LEED building you may visit https://new.usgbc.org/leed or call J Banks Design to see how we can assist you in with your green building and design needs.

JB

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The White Sofa Project: Lisa Whitley

In case you have missed our previous posts on the white sofa project, here is a quick update.  We have taken one sofa in our retail store and have asked each of the J Banks Designers to style the sofa and surrounding space utilizing pillows, lamps and accessories.  Each designer has the ability to create a space that shows off their “of-the-moment” loves from our retail store as well as how a design client can easily change a space by adding a few new elements.  Enjoy our most recent transformation!

Lisa Whitley designed the latest vignette.  Here is what she had to say about her choices:

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JB: What can you tell us about your color choices? 

Lisa: I’m really into the deep blue-green color seen in the pillows and the rug.  I like deeper, richer colors like this, brightened by a contrasting color.  In this case the brightness of the green in the leaves of the fiddle fig tree and the red and orange accents.  Using contrasting or accent colors sparingly tends to make a bigger visual impact.

JB: What is your favorite item and/or items in the vignette? Why? 

Lisa: I knew I really wanted to use the tree, the antique rubbed brass lamp (the one by the tree) and the trunk.  I love the shape of the leaves of the tree and what the height does for the space.  I really liked the finish and style of the lamp.  The style isn’t typical, and the finish works well with the other selections as it isn’t too harsh, and gives a softer look.  I loved the trunk when I first saw it…it reminds me of travel and using unexpected items, for traditional pieces in a room.   All of the other selections were chosen around these three items but it all feels like it evolved over time.

JB: What do you consider when making lighting selections for a space? 

Lisa: I think it’s important to use several different kinds of light in a space.  The brown ceramic lamps on the console give general lighting.  The lamps on the side table act as another level of general or ambient lighting.  They can also act as accent lighting as they are highlighting the pieces on the side tables.  The floor lamp acts as task lighting for reading in this chair, but also helps balance the height of the tree.  The scale of each is important as it helps balance the other elements in the space.  The finishes on all of the lamps used are rich, but not too harsh.  I think choosing anything in a nickel finish would have given this space a completely different feel creating more energy instead of the calmer, cozy feel that I wanted to achieve.

How fabulous is this velvet and mohair pillow from the J Banks Collection? We think it looks great the way that Lisa paired it with the cane back chair.

 JB: What advice do you give your clients when selecting and placing accessories into a space? 

Lisa: I always suggest to use things that you love in your space.  I envision the person living in this space as someone who is an avid traveler and has brought back treasures from their journeys.  Each piece tells a different story of a  different trip that was taken.  Let your space reflect you and what you enjoy.

Cocktail tables don’t always have to be traditional.  Lisa cleverly chose to use this trunk which is a great idea because you could also use the piece for added storage.

Our retail buyers love this agate clock by Rablabs.

Keep following our blog to see more designer interpretations and check out our previous white sofa designs by Deb Van PlewHannah Fulton ,Cindy Munn , Adrienne Warner, Shelley WilkinsPatche Pratt and Janet Perry.

If you’d like to purchase or receive additional information on any of these featured products, please feel free to stop by or contact our retail store at 843.682.1745.

JB

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The White Sofa Project: Janet Perry

In case you have missed our previous posts on the white sofa project, here is a quick update.  We have taken one sofa in our retail store and have asked each of the J Banks Designers to style the sofa and surrounding space utilizing pillows, lamps and accessories.  Each designer has the ability to create a space that shows off their “of-the-moment” loves from our retail store as well as how a design client can easily change a space by adding a few new elements.  Enjoy our most recent transformation!

Janet Perry designed the latest vignette.  Here is what she had to say about her choices:

JB: You obviously went with a sophisticated St. Patrick’s day theme but is green a color you like to use in a lot of your work? 
Janet: I love to use green. Just look outside! We are seeing this hue of green in fabrics and in fashion.
We love the gorgeous detail on these pillows!
What a great way to incorporate navy into the vignette through the lamps.
JB: What is important to you when selecting accessories for a space? 
Janet: It is important to have the accessories compliment the space as well as being practical and useful, i.e., lamps, frames for photographs, candles for soft light, etc.
JB: You did an excellent job of mixing different wood colors and finishes on your case goods, yet the room still looks uniform and put together.  Do you have any advice to others on how to do this with their own furnishings? 
Janet: I prefer the eclectic feel to a room. Items have been collected over the years, so taste and lifestyles have changed. So mix your treasures, and “tell” your story.
Using rolled blanket as a bolster – so clever!
JB: What is your favorite item or items in the vignette?  
Janet: The rug is where it all began! 

Keep following our blog to see more designer interpretations and check out our previous white sofa designs by Deb Van PlewHannah Fulton ,Cindy Munn , Adrienne Warner, Shelley Wilkins and Patche Pratt.

If you’d like to purchase or receive additional information on any of these featured products, please feel free to stop by or contact our retail store at 843.682.1745.

JB

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The White Sofa Project: Shelley Wilkins

In case you have missed our previous posts on the white sofa project, here is a quick update.  We have taken one sofa in our retail store and have asked each of the J Banks Designers to style the sofa and surrounding space utilizing pillows, lamps and accessories.  Each designer has the ability to create a space that shows off their “of-the-moment” loves from our retail store as well as how a design client can easily change a space by adding a few new elements.  Enjoy our most recent transformation!

Shelley Wilkins designed the latest vignette.  Here is what she had to say about her choices:

JB: What is your favorite item or items in the vignette? Why? 

Shelley: The porcelain lamps. I love the silhouette.  They are a great size and the rectangular shade allows them to fit almost anywhere. I also love the color of the lamps. The porcelain is crackled and they are the perfect tea stained color.

JB: Can you tell us a little bit about your color choices and the emotions or feelings you wanted this space to convey?

Shelley: I chose more neutral colors….greens, golds, and browns which all help this vignette convey a sense of calmness. The colors are more natural and organic…very comfortable and quiet. The natural wood top on the cocktail table and the caning on the chair also bring in an undisturbed feeling.

Shelley: I always try to add greenery to a room.  It brings life into the space.

 JB: What is important to consider when selecting accessories for a room? 
Shelley: Scale!  I feel that lamps and accessories have to be the right scale and proportion.  Many people struggle with scale.  Lamps need to be a large chunky size, as well as the accessories …and less is more.  It helps keep a space from feeling cluttered.
Shelley: I love this hand embroidered pillow.  It’s a simple addition that warms up the leather chair. I also feel that every sitting area needs a throw blanket. This is perfect for curling up and reading a book.
Shelley: I love the carved detail and texture on this chest.  It is wrapped in a deep green grasscloth and then lacquered with a clear finish.
JB: We love things that have an unexpected shape.  This clover shaped side table is a great example.
Shelley: I also loved these monochromatic spined books.  The matching color allows them to look more sophisticated and less cluttered.
Keep following our blog to see more designer interpretations and check out our previous white sofa designs by Deb Van PlewHannah Fulton ,Cindy Munn and Adrienne Warner.

If you’d like to purchase or receive additional information on any of these featured products, please feel free to stop by or contact our retail store at 843.682.1745.

JB

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