Friday Featured Local Leader: Meet Scott Balsley of Creative Works Farm, Inc, Home of Camp LIGHT


Creative Works Farm, the proud home of camp LIGHT, is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt Virginia nonprofit corporation. We are developing an energy-efficient, environmentally responsible LEED certified children’s summer camp and community center. The special-needs youth and families served by this “green” showcase campus will be supported with fun and imaginative activities in a loving and healthy…

Easy Living Home


What is an Easy Living Home? Yes, another certification, this one is intended to encourage builders and home owners of single-family homes, duplexes and triplexes to include Easy Living Home features in the design and construction of new homes. Easy Living Home design features make a home more livable for homeowners and visitors with any…

Vegetative Screen – Cool Product Update


A few weeks ago I posted a blog about Living Walls as a way to bring life to your building site. So here is a way to bring life to your building walls, fencing, columns, and even parking decks. Green Screen is a galvanized wire screen panel with multigrade alkaline wash, epoxy thermal-set primer, and…

Project Update – Penn Laird Home Under Construction


We are very privileged to work with incredible clients that want Healthy, Energy Efficient, and Durable designs.  This custom home project that we first told you about in the post “Design of a Home, a process of discovery” is designed to use one of the most energy-efficient wall systems available today, Insulated Concrete Forms.  The form is…

Get to know “Elite Insulation” Friday Featured Local Business


Give a brief summary of what your company does and who you are as a company. Elite Insulation & PolyPro LLC is a locally owned and operated family business established by Bob, Ken and Chris Wells. Being involved in the traditional fiberglass insulation for many years, we have witnessed changes in the insulation industry. Namely, the increasing cost…

Green Term Defined: Green Building (Part 2)


Green Building continued: The client is responsible for forming the best possible team to achieve the green building goals they, the client, sets for the project. In selecting your architect and contractor you must sort through the green washing that has become very prevalent in the construction industry. Your architect should have a proven understanding of…

Green Terms Defined: Green Building (Part 1)


There are many definitions of what green building is or does. Definitions range from a building that is “less bad” than the average building in terms of its impact on the environment to a building that is  “high performance.” My definition is a home / building that meets the budget, is adaptable, durable, preserves or restores habitat,…

Get to Know Schnitzhofer and Associates: Friday Featured Local Business


About:  Schnitzhofer & Associates, LLC provides structural engineering consulting services throughout Virginia, and West Virginia. Jim, give us some background on your company. What do you do and why do you do it? Our Think Design Build philosophy ensures that our clients receive the best structural engineering services for their project. The idea is that…