The Crossville EPD :: Enabling Projects to Net More LEED Credit

EPD logoAt Crossville, we believe in transparency: in providing clients with an accurate understanding of the company they’re working with as well as of the products they’re specifying. What’s more, we believe there is no better way to do that than by providing real, quantifiable (and third party verified!) information that tells the true, green story in cold, hard facts.

That’s why we invested in creating an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) specific to our business and practices.

What is an EPD? Think of it as the green building material equivalent of a nutrition label on packaged foods. EPDs are intended to provide comprehensive product data conveyed in a simple to understand format for people who must make specification decisions. EPDs are becoming increasingly important tools for specifiers seeking to wade through industry greenwashing to find materials that truly meet green requirements, particularly if seeking LEED certification. The value of an EPD rests in the fact that it assesses many environmental impact zones rather than considering a single attribute, like recycled content or embodied energy, providing specifiers with a way to judge like against like in quantifiable terms.

Our EPD—found here —covers all Crossville-made floor and wall tile products. The document was meticulously compiled over the course of almost two years and provided us the opportunity to fully assess our practices and products, documenting that they are on-track with standards for sustainable sourcing and manufacturing.

In addition, the Crossville EPD offers an added bonus for specifiers creating projects seeking LEED certification. More credit is given in LEED for company-specific EPDs than for industry participation, so projects that use Crossville-made tile automatically net more LEED credit than projects that use tile covered only by the industry-wide EPD created by the Tile Council of North America.

Learn even more about our green standards, practices, and products in the Sustainability section of our website by clicking here.

Crossville Color Talk :: What Is Color’s Role in Interior Design?

color swatches Color makes for great conversation. At Crossville,we’re constantly tracking the colors that are current and those that are to come. Popular palettes for residential and commercial design influence the colors we create for our porcelain tile and glass mosaic tile collections. Colors are the backdrops of daily lives.

That’s why we’re launching the “Crossville Color Talk” series. For our first installment, we’re looking at insights from Amy Wax, award winning architectural color consultant, author of Can’t Fail Color Schemes and creator of the Color 911 app.

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Amy Wax, award winning architectural color consultant

“Every color in a room makes a difference,” Amy stated during her recent presentation at Modenus Talks*, an event held in conjunction with KBIS 2015 and Design and Construction week in Las Vegas. We couldn’t agree more with this premise. But underlying this seemingly simple statement are layers of meaning and a number of questions: How do colors actually make a difference in residential design? Why are they important? How do we develop meaningful color palettes? What do color trends really mean and how important are they? How do you find the right color?

Amy had great answers for these questions in her discussion on the impact of color and why color matters.

1. Color matters. It creates an emotional bond with the home.
2. Color allows you to make different statements as you move through different areas of your home.
3. Color provides the opportunity to bring in elements of culture, increasing a client’s emotional tie to their space.
4. Color can be a reflection if your cultural identity.
5. Color nurtures in every single room.
6. Color tells the story of a room.
7. Color is a directional tool. It is not just decorative; it sets a purpose.
8. It’s important to choose color based on the usage of the room.
9. The right color may not be what’s trendy, but what appropriate for the design.
10. Use color to make a space personal.
11. Use color to create a sense of cleanliness and sanitary feel through contrast.
12. Color can set a boundary and make a safe space in interior design.
13. Color can make a room with a chore (like a laundry room) feel more inviting.
14. Use color to accentuate the architecture of the room.

And finally, probably one of the most important take-aways from Amy’s Modenus Talk: If you’re happy in a space, you’ll spend time in it.

In upcoming posts on Crossville Color Talk, we’re going to take a look at the latest color trends and tools for identifying colors and creating the right color palettes for your designs. Of course, you can always follow us on Pinterest to find inspirational color Pinboards and ideas for great design.

Look for more on the quest for the right color coming soon!

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Crossville is dedicated to being at the forefront of color trends in order to infuse them into our product development to bring you the latest styles in addition superior quality wrought from cutting-edge technologies. As we strive to be on-trend and fashion forward, we also understand that trend alone is not the driving force in color selection. To that end, we ensure the colors we select for our products are appropriate to each and every tile design, as well as the times.

*A series of talks and fun challenges around subjects like business of design, design trends, technology in design and design that makes a difference. Click here to learn more about Modenus.

Crossville Looks at KBIS & IBS 2015: Happenings and Trends

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Wood-Mode custom cabinetry partnered with Susquehanna Service Dogs at KBIS2015. Wood-Mode hosted four service dogs and their handlers to demonstrate its newest lifestyle concept – the Pet Parlor.

The second annual Design and Construction Week in Vegas is currently in full swing and is bigger and better than ever in 2015, merging five events for a combined total of 3,750 exhibitors and more than 4.7 million net square feet of exhibits. While we are exhibiting at the Surfaces Expo, which begins today (more on that soon!), we’re also taking in, along with many of our colleagues and industry partners, the exhibits and events at the International Builders Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. It’s a power-packed week, with the shows occurring simultaneously to showcase a seemingly endless array of products and trends in design and building products (see our Pinterest board for highlights!). Here’s a look at the happenings and trends we’re seeing at KBIS & IBS 2015.

Technology Incorporated into Space Design

We’re impressed with the technology we’re seeing at KBIS & IBS 2015. Technology is no longer an afterthought or something to add later; it is more and more being incorporated into the space design of residential and commercial construction and renovations. Here are some tech favorites we discovered at the Vegas events.

Screenshot 2015-01-21 16.26.12The TechTop by LG Hausys won KBIS’s Best of Show. This is an innovative solution that embeds wireless charging technology into surface material. Charge your phone on any surface imaginable without tangling cables or hunting for outlets. Simply place the phone on the charging station embedded in HI-MACS® solid surface or Viatera® quartz surface and enjoy the benefits of wireless charging.

TopBrewer, by Scanonmat, is not just a coffee machine. The sleek stainless steel design is stunning and is designed to be built into any tabletop. With a simple touch of your smartphone or tablet the TopBrewer brews your favourite coffee drink. What’s more, the TopBrewer cleans all hoses with water after each cup. In addition to coffee drinks, the TopBrewer provides chilled drinking water, cold milk, hot water for tea – and steam (for the blanching of vegetables for instance). TopBrewer Kevo, by Kwikset is “the key evolved.” Available on Apple iOS and select Android 5.0, Lollipop devices, this eKey moves your physical key into the digital world to significantly improve your home access experience. Unlimited guest keys, which you can send to anyone, anywhere, anytime, are free. Kevo InSinkErator launched a new product category, the All-in-One kitchen tap, at KBIS2015. The 3N1 model of the All-in-One tap is the first of its kind in the North American market. The 3N1 provides the convenience of near-boiling water on demand from the same faucet that delivers both cool and hot tap water. 3N1 faucet

 Sparkle and Shine

Metallics and shocks of sparkle are definitely a trend at KBIS 2015. We’re seeing gold finishes on fixtures and hardware and stone surfaces mixed with sparkly metallic details. This quartz countertop from Cambria‘s new Coastal collection is sprinkled throughout with metallic flecks for just the right amount of sophisticated sparkle.

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Ellesmere from Cambria’s new Coastal Collection

Last year, gold and brass tones turned heads as new options. Now–in 2015, these finishes, typically in sophisticated, muted tones, are staples. Here are some products that represent the look beautifully.

ROHL Michael Berman Graceline™ C-Spout Widespread Lavatory Faucet is a winner in the KBIS Best of Show awards.

ROHL Michael Berman Graceline™ C-Spout Widespread Lavatory Faucet is a winner in the KBIS Best of Show awards.

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Metallic details abound at KBIS 2015. Our Sideview glass mosaic tiles with metallic detail are but one example of the metallic touches we’re seeing everywhere in Vegas this week. Metallic and glass tile

Gray Tones

Gray became the new beige a little while back, but it’s still solidly present and probably will be for some time because it is such a versatile neutral, working beautifully with all decorating styles and in all settings from traditional spaces with dark woods and classic elements to ultra modern spaces with sleek stainless steel, glass and lucite. Beautiful kitchen cabinetry in gray tones are making a strong statement at KBIS 2015: Gray Kitchen   Wellborn cabinets in gray

Tile Trends

Though Crossville isn’t exhibiting with our own booth at the shows, we are present and beautifully accounted for at the TOTO USA booth. These vignettes help share our products with large audiences that include influential designers and specifiers. And we love what the booth creator has done with our products.

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Velvet… Elvis (Thank You Very Much)

And finally, there’s velvet…specifically, Velvet Elvis, a look that is always trending in Las Vegas! Elvis Look for more of our insights and highlights from the exciting Surfaces Expo that’s happening now! 

Crossville Looks at “Marsala” – Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year


Pantone has announced Marsala as its 2015 Color of the Year, and now the world of design is giving a close look at this earthy, red-brown hue. The color is a vast contrast from the brightness of 2014’s Radiant Orchid. It’s a more subtle, warm and perhaps accessible tone. Like the fortified wine that is its namesake, the 2015 color of the year is being described by some color mavens as a “naturally robust” hue that’s “subtly seductive.”

“This hearty, yet stylish tone, is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors, “ states Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

When used with a matte finish, Marsala’s organic nature is emphasized, but adding sheen to the color will convey a sense of glamour and luxury. Marsala appears very plush when used on textured surfaces, making it a good choice for rugs and upholstered furnishings.

Regardless of the finish or whether it’s used on flat or textured surfaces, Marsala combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays and “because of its burnished undertones,” explains Eiseman, “sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.” Click here to view Pantone’s color pairings for Marsala.

Already a hit on the Spring fashion runways, the tone is sure to surface in home furnishings, accessories and interiors in 2015. Here’s a look at what we are already seeing in Marsala-like tones:

marsala sofa and blue wallsThe Marsala sofa paired with the vibrant blue walls is a stunning combination in this traditional vintage living room.


marsala-lampsplus submitted this lamp as a good match for the 2015 color, Marsala.


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Traditional meets modern meets on-trend with this sofa from West Elm, available in in a variety of fabrics, including this Marsala-like textural brushed cotton.


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You’ll find the color of the year everywhere, including kitchen accessories. Get your coffee fix and your Marsala fix at the same time with this Black and Decker coffee maker in just the right color. Available from Amazon.

Crossville offers a large range of colors to compliment and enhance your Marsala-themed interiors. Go here to search by color; you’ll find marsala-like tones as well as complementary hues.

Google’s Cambridge Campus Features Laminam: Filo Adds a Unique Angle to Reception Area of Tech Giant’s Latest Facility

Google shows off new Cambridge campus

Google, the world’s leader in web search and online advertising, recently unveiled its expanded campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our Laminam by Crossville Filo collection was specified for the project by David Stone of NELSON, Boston. Filo panels are installed on an angle behind the reception desk, even covering a door behind the “G” of the illuminated Google logo. Read the full story on The Boston Globe website by clicking here.

Crossville Unveils Sustainability Report: An Important Milestone for the Company, the Tile Industry

Crossville Sustainability Report Unveiled - a first for the tile industryCrossville is known as a company that prioritizes sustainability in our business. We strive to be transparent regarding our responsible processes and sustainably manufactured products. The 2014 Crossville Sustainability Report, a first for our company, is a prime example of our ever-increasing and deepening commitment to and openness about corporate-wide green initiatives and accomplishments.

This report is a first not only for our company, but it’s also a first for the tile industry. No other tile-only manufacturer has produced sustainability reporting based on Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards.

With input from a range of stakeholders collected by a third party sustainability consulting firm, this report offers a full-scale, detailed look at the many aspects of our company’s sustainable practices. Additionally, it meets the requirements of LEED V.4 MRc4 Credit and provides a GRI Index–a necessity for latest standard sustainability reports (known as “G4″ reports) to enable readers to quickly access key data.

What does this report mean for Crossville partners and customers like you, and how can you make the most of it?

  • Use the report (downloadable here) as a one-stop source for all details on Crossville’s sustainable practices and products.
  • Provide copies for customers or invite them to download the report directly as a reference in the pursuit of LEED accreditation.
  • Share the link to the report in your company’s newsletters and social media posts. Use various sections as reference material to write topic-specific articles for your blogs.
  • Be assured and inspired by this report’s creation as you seek to help your clients/customers specify the most sustainable, LEED-compliant products possible.

Thanks to all who are partners with Crossville! Your support helps us take our sustainability initiatives further–for the benefit of our industry and, most importantly, the environment we share.

Traditional Home’s Napa Valley Showhouse 2014 Features Crossville Tile Collections

Screenshot 2014-10-27 08.29.19Crossville Inc. is once again honored to be a sponsor and product supplier for the Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse. This year’s home, located on the 12-acre Caldwell Vineyard in the heart of Coombsville’s ancient volcanic caldera, boasts a nearly 140 year history. The previous renovation of this estate took place forty years ago, so it was certainly time for a modern update. Thanks to the vision of Traditional Home and a team of talented interior designers, the Caldwell Vineyard house is once again transformed, and we’re proud to be a part of it.

Our products are featured in the master and guest bathrooms, as well as the powder room of the main house.


Designers Leslie Kalish and Gayle Leksan created the Master Bath with inspiration from the Caldwells’ classic style and commitment to the history of the property and its architecture. They chose our Reclamation Collection in Steel City for both floors and shower walls, incorporating its spirit of reclaimed materials—a mix of wood and concrete looks blended into an urban glam style that’s both versatile and modern with a hint of nostalgia.

_MG_4759-3611994232-O TH.MH.MainBath.1339TH.MH.MainBath.1348GUEST BATH RENOVATION BY HARMONIOUS LIVING BY TISH MILLS                         Tish Mills of Harmonious Living designed the Guest Bath, selecting our Savoy Collection for the shower wall—creating a fresh take on perpetually popular subway-tile look. She also chose the stylish Virtue Collection for floors. This collection captures the authentic look of marble, yet outperforms the real thing thanks to its strong porcelain tile body. Also, Virtue comes standard with Hydrotect™ coating, providing antimicrobial surface technology for a cleaner, greener installation..


Guest3Guest4POWDER ROOM BY LAUREN TAPPER                                                                      Lauren Tapper designed the Powder Room of the main house featuring the SpeakEasy Collection in Zoot Suit, providing the appearance and feel of true American hardwood translated in the superior performance of Porcelain Stone®.


About the Showhouse:
The Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse is open through November 16, 2014.
Tuesday–Sunday 10:30am –5:00pm (Closed on Mondays)
Caldwell Vineyard, 169 Kreuzer Lane, Napa, California

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