Good design and simple sustainable measures don’t have to come with a premium. Through passive design strategies, simple and durable building forms, streamlined mechanical systems, consideration of your return on investment, and quality of space over quantity we are able to maximize the performance, health and value of each project.
We design to take advantage of solar heating and daylighting, sun shading and natural ventilation. Incorporating high efficiency fixtures, recycled or low-carbon materials and well-insulated and sealed building envelopes maximizes value while reducing footprint. We incorporate energy modeling, life-cycle analysis and carbon calculators to track our progress in the pursuit of a healthier built environment. These strategies minimize energy bills and building maintenance costs and lend to more comfortable, functional spaces.
rammed earth & alternative materials
We are specialists in rammed earth design and construction. Rammed earth is an ancient construction method for building stunning and unique mass walls and floors that perform better and last much longer than standard construction, and they are built with locally sourced soils. They differ from stick-built construction in their ability to temper internal environments – moderating heat and humidity throughout the day. Check out this project to see rammed earth in action.
Interested in an uncommon building method and want to know what is possible? Send us an email. We are experienced in a variety of alternative materials and are connected with a network of divergent practitioners across the country who fill in the gaps for us when we’re looking for specific knowledge.