Materials, Systems, & Construction are where most green rating systems focus their efforts. Here we give credit for alternative and more environmentally sound wall systems, such as adobe, E-crete, Rastra, and other insulating or earth-based block products. We also encourage the use of both recycled and sustainably harvested wood products in the construction of a green building. We encourage better insulation, more efficient window products, nontoxic finishes, and the use of high efficiency mechanical systems, including both solar thermal (water) and photovoltaic (electric) panels. Our portfolio of projects includes a number of these building systems. We regularly research innovative practices and believe that each project deserves careful, individual attention in order to best meet client needs and maximize sustainable building goals.
LEFT IMAGE: On many of our projects we custom design doors and build them from recycled lumber. This door is built from a decommissioned train tressel bridge.
RIGHT IMAGE: We have built a substantial number of residences using Rastra Block, a highly insulative product made from 85% recycled content.