SUSTAINABLE BUILDING SOLUTIONS
Sustainable Building Design   
Energy Use Analysis
Passive Solar Design
Geothermal Heating & Cooling
Green Building Materials Selection
Solar Photovoltaic Systems
Energy Audits & Retrofits
Solar Hot Water Systems

Using state-of-the-art computer analysis tools, we create a model of your building, and then apply energy efficiency measures to enhance its performance and evaluate costs and benefits.

In addition to passive solar design and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems our building designs optimize daylighting and include high-efficiency fixtures and sensors. We design energy recovery systems or natural ventilation; and we specify green building materials and Energy Star approved products.

Our staff prides itself on providing quality design services for our clients. Each building is carefully crafted to comply with our clients’ specific needs and budgets

                                             Passive & Active Solar Home -- sunspace, direct gain, mass walls, earth sheltered, solar photovoltaic, solar hot water.


Based upon our clients’ needs, we provide a variety of sustainable building design elements, including proper solar orientation, geothermal heating, and careful selection of green materials. Since the 1980’s, we have designed numerous passive solar homes plus commercial and institutional buildings with geothermal heating and cooling systems.

Our building designs reduce energy needs through passive solar design, maximizing insulation, and including thermal mass. We provide for renewable and high efficiency energy sources including geothermal heat pumps, solar water heating, radiant heating, and photovoltaic arrays, where applicable.

Please Click on this link to see more detailed information
about this Passive Solar Home:   "HELIOS"  DESCRIPTION

                           and this link also:  "HELIOS"  INFORMATION


     

To see an energy analysis summary report for this building,
please click on this link:   REPORT-1                      


A roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system provides 50% of the electrical needs for this home.
The aerial photo shows 22 collectors, but these collectors are barely visible from the ground.


                                    

                                                  
   A Solar Hot Water System provides about 65 % of the hot water needs.
                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                  

                                                        Two-story Sunspace with remote heat storage, mass walls, partial earth-sheltering.



GEOTHERMAL  HEATING & COOLING  WITH GROUND SOURCE HEAT PUMPS
We have designed several buildings which have successfully integrated Geothermal Heating & Cooling systems which provide significant energy savings to the building owners.



TO SEE A VIDEO ABOUT GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS CLICK ON THIS LINK:
                                                       GEOTHERMAL  VIDEO

                                                                                    

            TO SEE AN ENERGY ANALYSIS REPORT FOR THIS GEOTHERMAL BUILDING,
            PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK:
                                   REPORT-3


                                TO SEE A VIDEO ABOUT SOLAR DOMESTIC
                                        HOT WATER SYSTEMS CLICK ON THIS LINK:

                                            SOLAR HOT WATER VIDEO
      

We are committed to reducing the carbon footprints of our buildings by limiting the use of  fossil fuels, and we urge our clients with existing buildings to reduce their use of fossil fuels by implementing energy conserving measures and converting to renewable energy systems.  If  they cannot totally reduce reliance on fossil fuels, we urge our clients to offset their remaining carbon footprints by purchasing Carbon Offsetsfrom reputable non-profit organizations which invest in new solar and wind energy projects, such ashttp://www.b-e-f.org/carbon/    and                                     http://www.carbonfund.org/site/pages/about_us