Retrofits Versus Take Downs and New Builds

When we evaluate structures to either tear down and re-build or save and retrofit, our first instinct is always to save and re-use what’s existing. This is primarily due to a large[...]

Savoy Net Zero House

  The master bedroom with custom made book shelves and bedside reading lights.

Some Exterior Finish Photos

Compare the before photo taken in the Spring and the photo of the sunburst taken in between.  

Highly Efficient ‘Passive Homes’ Gain Ground in US

After decades of near silence, a passive voice is making itself heard in American architecture. By Joann Loviglio, Associated Press So-called passive houses, which have been around in Europe but never really[...]

Deep Energy Retrofit Interview Video

What is it like to live in your home (and with us, no less!) while undergoing a deep energy retrofit? Eamon Wick, the son of our client Missy Wick, just finished editing[...]

Progress Shots – the Sunburst in the West Gable

I just went in on Monday and Tuesday, and it’s more stunning then I had imagined it might be! The sunburst was conceived and carved by the homeowner, an artist, and furniture[...]

The SAVE Act, Making Energy Efficiency More Affordable

Summary of the SAVE Act Of 2013 Sensible Accounting to Value Energy (SAVE) Act, S. 1106, was introduced by Senators Bennet (D-Colo.) and Isakson (R-Ga.) on June 6, 2013. This legislation would[...]

Country Passivhaus Has a -18 HERS Score

Our Residential Energy Analysis is minus 18 HERS index. A typical conventional house has a HERS rating of over 85.  A well insulated home is usually has a 40 to 60 HERS[...]

February 2014 Preview Magazine “Efficiently Green” by Sarah Buttenwieser, Photos by Paul Shoul

This is the recent article published on Passive House “Efficiently Green” home building. It is a pdf link that you can open by clicking on the word preview below. preview

Solar Shingles Made From Common Metals Offer Cheaper Energy Option

U.S. scientists say that emerging photo voltaic technologies will enable the production of solar shingles made from abundantly available elements rather than rare-earth metals, an innovation that would make solar energy cheaper and more sustainable.[...]