A home for a lifetime – custom Albemarle County Home


Designing the dream home for my clients is exactly why I enjoy my career. Creating a home for a lifetime is even more rewarding. This Albemarle County home will feature high performance systems, no-step entry, wide doors, durable materials, and adaptable spaces. This home will allow them to live in comfort for many years to…

Green Term Defined: Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)


The Solarize movement is strong in both the Shenandoah Valley and Charlottesville. The cost of Solar PV has dramatically dropped over the last few years and with this group buying power, the cost has never been lower. So now a big decision needs to be made, do you sell your RECs or not. A Renewable…

Canstruction is coming Harrisonburg – will you have a team?


Canstruction is an international charity competition where designers compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. At the close of the competition all the food will be donated to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. We are working out the details of the event, but so far I know…

Green Term Defined: Infrared (thermographic) Camera


An infrared camera is a tool that can help identify water issues and air leakage in a building envelope. Specifically the device allows you to see radiation or temperature differential on a surface making it visible light. The camera image looks like it is glowing in areas that have a range of temperature.  I was…

Sign up today for the DOE Zero Energy Home Training event in Harrisonburg


DOE Zero Energy Home Training event in Harrisonburg November 10, 2014, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm JMU Ice House This 3.5-hour FREE seminar will provide builders a comprehensive review of zero energy ready home construction including the business case, detailed specifications, and opportunities to be recognized as an industry leader. In the process, attendees will…

Upgrade your lighting and cut your energy usage at the same time


Evangelical environmentalism is a movement in the church community that emphasizes biblical mandates to care for God’s creation called “creation care.” This movement is focused on reducing the impact that a particular congregation has on resources, indoor air quality, environmental quality, energy usage, water consumption, and resource depletion. The work done by creation care committees…

The evolution of a sketch and list of ideas into a dream home


In an age of immediate gratification architecture and construction is a slow process. We started the design for this custom home in Old Town Harrisonburg back in July of 2013 and the clients just moved in late last month – more than a year later. However, the process holds tremendous gratification when your clients dreams…

SVBA Green Playhouse Design Competition


The Shenandoah Builders Association is excited to announce the first annual SVBA Green Playhouse Design Competition. This event will provide students an opportunity to use their knowledge from math, science, CTE, elective, and MTC classes to design a playhouse. There are two categories of students, those in K – 9 and those in Grade 10 – post graduate. Students are…

The renovation progress at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank continues


I absolutely love working with clients who daily work to make our community a better place. Attending a job meeting where the design goals are “to make the building functional, humble, and affordable so that we can best serve our community” inspires me to be better. I want to be a better architect for them….