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As pioneers in green building and thought leaders on variety of related topics, our team is often approached for consulting. Through decades of experience, we are able to assist in a variety of areas including green building science, energy and rainwater. We specialize in high-performance architecture.

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  • Missouri Remodel

    Missouri Remodel

    This holistic or “whole house” design approach was adopted from the inception of this project to ensure that this contemporary designed home would achieve the following  goals : beauty, comfort,  energy and resource efficiency, durability, lower maintenance, within an environmentally conscious,  healthy and safe environment.
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  • Narenco Solar

    Narenco Solar

    Schematic Design renderings were presented for a solar educational project located in Austin, Texas.
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  • St. Francis on the Lake

    St. Francis on the Lake

    An Episcopal Church located near a Hill Country lake wanted to renovate their facilities while lowering their long-term operating costs. This Schematic Design presentation spoke to these concerns.
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  • Lovett Homes

    Lovett Homes

    Proposed Schematic Design renderings for the Agave Homes Project located in Austin, Texas.
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  • The Platinum Mueller House

    The Platinum Mueller House

    A fresh Austin-unique design proposed as part of the City of Austin’s Mueller Redevelopment project. Despite the compact site criteria, this design maximizes its potential to respond to solar and climate considerations by locating a 1st floor Screened Porch on the prevailing breeze side of the home and developing a stair tower on the opposite side. This provides a passive thermal siphoning strategy for natural cooling and ventilation of the home. Sleeping areas are located upstairs with living spaces down to allow for energy efficient zoning of air conditioning systems. The backyard space was maximized by blurring the lines between inside/outside and yard/patio/porch with the location of the outdoor Screened Porch and Carport off that yard. Both serve as transitions/living/party areas that connect and extend the yard and house for multiple uses and private family parties. A generous Front Porch connects the home to the public street and sidewalk with views of Lake Park just yards away. This house has been rated for the coveted L.E.E.D. Platinum award by the United States Green Building Council. This is the highest green building award available in the United States. It was also featured on the Parade of Homes™ 2009.  
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  • Stamford Family Pad

    Stamford Family Pad

    This home is an example of Sarah Susanka’s “Not So Big House” concept. The Stamford Family Pad is larger than many of the pre-existing homes on its street but blends into the neighborhood fabric and scale. For a family of five, the house is approximately 3,600 s.f. with each floor roughly the same size. During our project programming phase we encourage our clients to build just enough house to meet their needs – and no more. Building a tight, compact house yields long-term benefits for the Owner and the environment. With three active children the home centers around family activities – eating, playing and studying. The main floor is open as much as possible for joint activities and parental observation of the front yard, porch and driveway play area. From the Kitchen office desk and Study, Mom & Dad have a commanding view of most of the main floor and adjacent outside play areas. The laundry room is located upstairs by the bedrooms to shorten the path for washing clothes. This home’s scale and understated design demonstrates a creative way of integrating a new home into an existing tightly knit – and politically charged - neighborhood. On top of that, it has garnered one of the highest ratings in the history of Austin Green Building Program. The home clearly demonstrates that “Not So Big®” and respecting the neighborhood doesn’t constrain you from having a unique home that answers to your lifestyle.
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