Zero Carbon

Every joule of energy put into these buildings is meaningful and offset.
We study the Whole Site Life Cycle Assessment to make our buildings efficient, from start to forever.
⌮ Post-Coal
New 1,400 sf home in Roslyn, WA in permit documents
Tight-frame, zero-carbon, and zero-energy
☉ EdgeWater
Two new homes, one AADU, and one DADU in Seattle, WA in permit documents
Tight-frame and all zero-energy

ↈ Mt. Tuam

New 4,460 sf home and 550 sf cottage on Salt Spring Island, BC under construction
Post-frame with large window wall, using healthy materials and low-energy detailing

∴ Old Cluff

New 1,380 sf home in Kennebunkport, ME under construction
Advanced framing, using cost-effective and passive techniques

☇ Craig's Hill

Renovation in Ellensburg, WA in pricing
Simple and elegant space configuration, efficient envelope

Top five projects hot off the drafting boards ⤴
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We also help people make their existing homes better. Whether it’s a warmer “winter jacket,” or shadier “sun hat” that you desire, an update to your energy-consuming appliances, or just some help with laying things out, we want to hear about your next project.

We are an Ellensburg architecture firm, typ.
We need to build better, now.

The building sector consumes nearly half of all energy produced in the United States, while 23% of new homes have defective windows and doors, 21% have roof issues, and 18% have inadequate framing.

We pledge to design every home:

⩘ Lean

Net-zero homes need to be affordable. We use simple techniques to add value without adding cost. A high-performance home reduces energy, pollution, and dollar costs.

It would take 437 Ponderosa pines over 50 years to offset the cumulative 460 metric ton CO2e footprint of just one average Washington home.

To start, we assess carbon footprint using a Whole Site Life Cycle Assessment. This measures the carbon impact of every step of production, use, and re-use. We then balance the equation of site + construction to design a carbon-neutral lifetime footprint. And, because solar panels can now pay for themselves after only two years, your zero-utility-bill home will start paying back, fast.

⩄ Resilient

New homes need to last 200+ years. Our structure uses less wood than traditional framing and offers more long-term flexibility. Our envelope is warmer, drier, and protects the home more completely than any other in use.

Construction uses energy, no matter what.
We get the most out of what we put in.

The average new 2,400 sf home has a direct embodied carbon footprint of over 43 metric tons of CO2e emissions. It will consume 8.35 metric tons of CO2e per year, totaling a footprint of over 460 metric tons CO2e emissions over its short 50 year lifespan.

That is why our homes are built to last 3x to 4x longer than typical construction. Think 200 years. By allowing the exterior shell to stand independently from interior walls, your home can live many lives. And it will, with the most robust envelope technology in use today.

⋇ Healthy

All homes need to be free of toxins. Inadequate ventilation is responsible for 52% of sick building syndrome cases. We bring in plenty of fresh air. We offer healthier materials and finishes, both interior and exterior.

Our homes are free from the chemical and biological contaminants of typical construction: no formaldehyde, no VOCs, no combustion byproducts, and no mold.

The EPA found levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants to be 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside, regardless of whether the homes were located in rural or highly industrial areas.

To ensure clean indoor air quality, our materials are certified by Declare labels and are free from the Living Future Red List. We use low-VOC products throughout the home, whether it’s something you’ll touch everyday or never see.

In the world of sustainable building techniques, there is an important balance between airtightness for energy performance and ventilation for a healthy building. We understand these factors and how to tune the building for optimum health.

We are committed to meeting and exceeding the standards set by the International Living Future Institute's Zero Energy and Zero Carbon certifications. We also meet and exceed the criteria for the US Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready homes, and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Homes and Renewable Energy Ready Homes. We participate in the EPA’s Indoor airPLUS program, utilize Watersense products, and perform HERS rating tests to ensure a thermally airtight home.

We are meeting the 2030 Challenge, today.