The Red List
Specific products that presented challenges to achieving the Imperative
Traditional drop ceiling systems were only used in enclosed offices that required enhanced acoustic performance. The acoustic system was made up of a custom-designed FSC wood ceiling so that all of the components could be compliant. This took more time and money than traditional solutions but turned out beautifully.
Lighting proved to be a challenge because the design team preferred to use small local vendors in order to support the local economy, however, these vendors sometimes did not have good documentation on their products. The team continued to research and eventually found lighting designers that took great pride in their craft and were able to track the components that they used to local vendors. Still, the lighting vendors needed education and were not well-versed in sustainable materials terminology.
Certain textiles labeled as organic, handmade, and natural hemp could not be used because 100% of their binding ingredients could not be identified. All of the manufactured tile products the team researched could not be used on the project because the factories did not have documentation on the mesh backing materials.