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Building From the Topsoil

Building From the Topsoil

When we build with materials grown out of the soil, like wood or straw, we are by definition choosing materials prone to burn, rot, or mold. 

The First Step to Net-Zero Energy

The First Step to Net-Zero Energy

It should be a natural progression for architects designing to the passive house standard to design buildings that create more energy than they use.

Evolution to Rainscreen

Evolution to Rainscreen

A quick history of the development of wall systems, evolving to rainscreen assemblies we use in high performance building design.

Why We Torch Cedar Siding

Why We Torch Cedar Siding

This video shows a ‘fire chimney’ method of carbonizing planks to achieve the consistent charred surface of Yakisugi or Shou-sugi-ban.

Passive House Revolution

Passive House Revolution

Passivhaus: It’s taken for granted in Europe, but barely known in the U.S. – we intend to change that.

First Visit

First Visit

In Europe, passive houses are commonplace, and so perhaps it was only a matter of time that comedic metaphors to other ‘houses of pleasure’ would surface…

Toxin Free Consumer Products

Toxin Free Consumer Products

One major consumer electronics manufacturer is on track to phase out hazardous substances in their products, this year.

Waste is Food

Waste is Food

We squander precious resources, then ‘throw them away’ but there is no away. ‘Recycling’ is not the answer, either.  Here are some answers.