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SUSTAINABILITY

In our studio, the first rule of sustainability is...

"Make it beautiful and it will last."

If a building is designed with quality, if it respects the setting, if it imagines the future, if it is beautiful..., it will endure.

Chronology:

2002
Created Watersong, a fully geo-thermally heated and cooled fine, custom home. Entire non-structural wood package of recycled material, including timbers, cabinets, doors, trim, etc. 90% of home installed with living roof.
2003
Created Red Creek Ranch, a fine, custom retreat home constructed entirely off the grid, powered by solar photo-voltaics.
2005 - 2008
Earned LEED Gold for the Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club.
2005
Construction began on our remote studio retreat. The three primary buildings are recycled, restored, antique log structures. All interior wood paneling, doors, cabinets and trim are fabricated from dead-standing pine killed by the mountain pine beetle. Stone harvested directly from the site. Grid-tied solar photo-voltaics being implemented.
2007
One of three architects selected to design the infrastructure buildings for Ameya Preserve, a new resort community in Livingston, Montana. While halted due to the recession, this project was planned to be a model of sustainable and naturalist practices, surpassing LEED requirements and setting standards for neighborhood sustainability, including on-site power generation, on-site organic gardens, various carbon offsets, as well as LEED-compatible construction requirements.
2008
In our studio, we implemented digital filing practices and began using half-size drawings whenever practical, reducing paper, toner and storage requirements.
2009 - 2012
Earned LEED Gold for a private residence on Lake Creek in Edwards, Colorado. Began the project with a private sustainability conference, inviting the clients, design team, design consultants, contractor and various supporting parties to discuss early strategies for the project.
2009 - 2013
Designed a private residence on Lake Creek in Edwards, Colorado, targeting LEED principles, yet without engaging commissioning and award. Among other sustainability attributes, the home has geothermal, solar thermal and solar photo voltaic systems and prioritizes clean systems, including use of electronic air filtering and stainless steel domestic water piping rather than plastics.
2010 - 2013
Designed a home in Cherry Hills Village (Denver) currently under construction, pursuing LEED certification, implementing numerous sustainable and environmental strategies.
2011 - 2013
Designed the first Passivhaus on Colorado’s West Slope, currently under construction. This home concept from Europe places an overt priority upon building envelope insulation, air-tightness, and use of ERVs, reducing energy consumption by 90% and resulting in improved indoor air quality.