The past 18 months have been extremely good to LSI Wallcovering, which has bounced back strongly from the recession. The Louisville-based privately owned company manufactures commercial wallcoverings for hotels, offices, health care facilities and other public buildings. Its products are sold in more than 60 countries.
For some companies, simply adhering to environmental standards is enough. But sustainability is a personal passion for Phil Tarullo, the CEO, president and owner of LSI Wallcovering. In 2006, LSI developed the first technology for recycling post-consumer vinyl wallcovering. Today, in LSI’s Second-Look product line, wallcoverings are made of about 20 percent recycled materials — half post-consumer, half post-industrial materials. These products make up about a third of the company’s offerings.
The Wallcoverings Association has presented its highest honors to Phil Tarullo, president, CEO and owner of LSI Wallcovering, which manufactures the Versa, Second-Look and Worldwide Wallcovering brands. The Allman Award is presented each year to a leader who has made a long-lasting, positive contribution that has helped to shape the future of the wallcovering industry.
A longtime advocate for sustainable manufacturing practices, Tarullo has led by example. LSI Wallcovering was one of the first to switch to water-based inks in the early ’80s, developed the first technology for recycling post-consumer wallcovering in 2006, and became the first manufacturer to certify to the NSF/ANSI 342 Sustainability Standard for Wallcovering in 2012. Tarullo was instrumental in the realization of the NSF/ANSI 342 standard, which was officially launched during his term as the Wallcoverings Association president.
Versa Wallcovering’s Metro design has won a Reader’s Choice Certificate of Excellence from ha+d magazine. Winners of the global award competition were announced at a reception in Hong Kong, where Versa distributor Tat Ming accepted the award. An international jury vetted the entries and selected finalists, which were posted online. Readers from Questex publications ha+d and Hotel Management then voted to determine the winners.
If a wallcovering is made of recycled content, is it better than another that can be recycled? Is a rapidly renewable material more important than one that came from locally sourced lumber? Is end-of-life disposal as significant as the beginning of the lifecycle chain? And how exactly do LEED points factor into all of this?
Trying to answer these questions will drive you up the wall. But specifying a sustainable, durable, and cost-effective wallcovering will have you well-suited for the future. Certifications are crucial for assessing different products and their characteristics, but they differ in what they cover. Let this guide help you make a selection.
Wallcovering fell out of style several years ago but like most design trends, it has become popular once again. Design professionals are turning to wallcovering as a way to liven up spaces, protect wall surfaces, and add some drama with texture and imagery. Wall decor has come a long way since the cave paintings of our ancestors. VI consultant Terry Murphy discusses some of the latest trends and techniques making their way onto the market. Read more about the low cost, versatility, and durability of vinyl wall covering as well as the manufacturing techniques that provide unique texture and advancements in graphic design.
LSI Wallcovering has developed VersaGuard™. This flexible wall protection is more durable than Type II wallcovering and more affordable than rigid panels. The heavy-duty 33 oz. vinyl construction and protective top film provides an attractive surface that is four times more impact resistant than Type II wallcovering. VersaGuard performs in high-traffic corridors and public spaces, shielding walls from wear and the impact of rolling traffic such as desk chairs, carts and gurneys.