WholeTrees Solar Carports

Where Trees Meet Sun The trends of sustainability in our built environment are ever-increasing. Innovations and technological development are allowing us to achieve a more restorative infrastructure than ever before. As these pioneering technologies continue to enter the mainstream markets it seems inevitable that we begin to work together. Building professionals are creating better facilities through the holistic approach inherent …

Increasing Accessibility to Biophilic and Healthy Materials with BIM

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an innovative tool that streamlines the process of enhancing our built environment. BIM improves productivity, limits the need for redesign through integrated models among parties, improves coordination, provides necessary documents and material information, and allows for visualization to ensure client satisfaction.Product manufacturers are responsible for providing the early-entry tools needed for the construction industry to …

Parkitecture, Past and Present

A Century of National Park Buildings “Perhaps for the first time in the history of American architecture, a building became an accessory to nature… it was thought that a structure employing native materials blended best with the environment.” – Merrill Ann Wilson, “Rustic Architecture: The National Park Style,” Trends (July-Sept 1976)Yellowstone. Glacier. The Grand Tetons. Upon hearing these names, the …

Seattle’s Living Buildings

Leadership in Sustainable Construction Last month, WholeTrees paid a visit to Seattle, Washington. Alongside attractions such as Pike Place Market and the Space Needle, the Emerald City is also known for its leadership in sustainable construction and for housing the International Living Future Institute, which runs the world’s most ambitious green building standard. In addition to attending the 2017 Living …

Being the Change through Business

11th Annual R+D Awards In its 10th year of operation, WholeTrees is happy to share that we have received our B Corp Certification. We often discuss our commitment to preserving forests and the ecological world, but our force for good extends much further than the woods. William McDonough, of the cradle-to-cradle movement, explains to truly make an impact with holistic …

Designing with Nature is Child’s Play

Building Natural Environments We often think of childhood as the golden age of freedom and exploration. Both free play and structured learning are integral to motor and cognitive development in the early years, as well as enriching the imagination and sense of wonder at a young age. Nothing is more awe-inspiring to a developing mind than the majesty of nature …

Timber Framing Construction

From The Far East to the Mid-West “When selecting the lumber, it is not uniformity but rather individuality of trees that is important.” – Nishioka Tsunekazu in Master Carpenters in Japan, China, and Korea (Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, 2014)Tower Block, London, by Hawkins BrownOpen up any magazine focused on contemporary architecture and construction, and there is no doubt that wood …

Outdoor Space as Human Space

Biophilic Landscape Design Last November, the National Building Museum opened an exhibition of American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin’s body of work on the centennial of his birth. Halprin’s imaginative and interactive landscapes were characterized by the use of expressive natural forms, through which he sought to bring outdoor life back into the city. Through techniques such as styling concrete to …

The Sustainable Building Material Movement

The building sector is transitioning toward increased transparency, improved material health standards, and greater environmental impact awareness. WholeTrees is proud to be a part of this movement, and we show our commitment in a number of ways. Pioneering transparency in building products is important to us. WholeTrees recently received the Declare label from the International Living Future Institute. Our structural products …

A History of WholeTrees

A&S through Robinia Pseudoacacia (Black Locust) As WholeTrees approaches its 10th anniversary in 2017, we are reminiscing from various angles. For instance, a study of our company history and growth through our use of Black Locust, a species of tree precious to our team and product line. Robinia Pseudoacacia is beloved for its super hero material properties (rot resistance up …