Category Archive: Energy and sustainability

Take a look at new LEED web site

The design team anticipates a rating of LEED Platinum for this new house under construction at 420 Spruce Street in Boulder, Colorado.  LEED is the U.S. Green Building Council’s rating system for buildings.… Continue reading

………….Tiny House Summer

Gently placed in a mature aspen grove among the columbines, a little mountain getaway provides year-round comfort for two families. Who knew when this little cabin was built, that Tiny House would become… Continue reading

Ancient passive house construction

About one thousand years ago, the Taos Pueblo established a town using massive adobe masonry walls. Nowadays, one-hundred fifty people still live here, twenty of them year-round. Cooling comes from keeping the heat… Continue reading

Give me that Mid.Mod religion

Chapels, small churches, and additions scattered throughout Boulder reflect a town population growing in the mid-century. Concrete structures Folded roofs Unique shapes Abstract art in traditional stained glass New materials

……………………….Net ZERO

At the Boulder Reservoir Gateway, the new entryway kiosks produce more electricity than they consume, making these Net Zero buildings. Namaste Solar installed a 9.81 kW array of 30 photovoltaic panels. The project… Continue reading

Modern as The Greenest Building

The Mid-century Modern addition and restoration continues this summer. We are investigating the possibility and relative merits of a thermal solar system and/or a photovoltaic array. This house was also featured recently in… Continue reading

Warmth of wood-burning fireplaces

Fall and winter get us thinking about evenings curled up with a book or playing a game of Pictionary with the family. Pair these activities with the crackle of a fire. You won’t… Continue reading

Modern Traditional

An interesting article in Houzz

Wild wood

Click to see this project on Houzz. Detail of the kitchen island counter top contrasts the simple, clean lines of the cabinets against the natural edge of this top. The material was harvested… Continue reading

Frost paints a landscape

With high temperatures hovering around zero, frost paints a landscape of evergreens and hills on this garage glass. Click title for more.