House in the Woods – project under construction


Here is another project we have under construction. It is designed for the future, can be taken off grid, is accessible, and can support a self sufficient lifestyle. Let us know what you think.

Green Term Defined: Life Cycle Analysis


Life Cycle Analysis is a system of reviewing the entire history of a product to account for the total impact on the environment. Also known as cradle-to-grave analysis, the process includes analysis of processing of raw materials, manufacturing process, and distribution process to bring a product to market. I also should include an account of…

Mid-Atlantic Sustainability Conference


This event has been postponed.   We have been working with a great group of volunteers to bring this conference together. Website and registration should launch soon! Here are some details. MID-ATLANTIC SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE “building for the future”   JMU Festival Center Harrisonburg, VA   The Mid-Atlantic Sustainability Conference brings together thoughtful leaders in the…

What do you think about this interior renovation proposal?


Many people struggle with visualizing a space before the work is done.  This is especially true in an existing building that has always looked “that way.” In an effort to help clients understand what they are getting in advance of construction, we often use 3-D computer models to show the options. This interior is for…

Green Term Defined: Conservation


Conservation, to me, is the key to a more energy-efficient future for our built environment. It is the act of preserving, guarding, or protecting the resources we have available on this planet. Building represent 38.9% of U.S. primary energy use (includes fuel input for production). Source: Environmental Information Administration (2008).  Buildings are one of the…

Becoming a Kraken! The Challenge.


Originally posted on The Voices in my head:
  The short version (who am I kidding, you all already know I never have a short version) of the story is that someone made a funny remark at a CSI Board Meeting one day along the line of “Release the Krakens” when a couple of us…

Who can you trust in the construction industry?


I was called out to a house in Albemarle County yesterday to look at a window issue (I will not post any pictures of the actual project to protect all involved). After some discussion about windows and energy efficiency the home owners moved the discussion to upgrades they had made at their home over the…

Green Term Defined: Stormwater


Those living in the Chesapeake Bay Water Shed are going to start hearing a LOT about Stormwater over the next few months. Stormwater is water that comes from precipitation (rain, snow, sleet…) and does not soak into the ground. Stormwater runoff is the concern that is now being addressed in a proactive manner in our…

Harrisonburg office renovation under construction


The Harrisonburg office building being renovated in downtown has moved into the next stage of construction. Holes are cut in the roof, stair towers are rising through the existing shell, and the elevator shaft will soon be evident from the street. The second floor will soon be in place. Let us know what you think so…