Optimize your building system

Don’t fight physics – you will always lose. Let me help you avoid common problems.

The “Mr. Potato Head” school of design has been debunked — you don’t get the best building by buying a bunch of great looking components and then blindly sticking them together. As, for example,

  • When you super-insulate walls or roofs — what could be bad about that? — without accounting for moisture flows. Rotted sheathing and mold are what could be bad about that.
  • When huge walls of glass are built in the name of natural daylighting — because everybody loves natural light and it’s green and it earns LEED points! They then cook and blind the people who have to work in them.

Salesmen will sell you widgets. I can save you time, money and hassle by helping you think through the whole building and its future performance.

Let me engage your project early to save you money and trouble.

Material selection should follow, not precede, good design. No one material is right for every job, nor does the use of any particular material make the project “green”.

People often come to me wanting to build a straw bale or adobe or SIP building, or use some other system in which they’ve become interested. That can be a mistake, whether you want to go green or not, because material selection should be an offshoot of design — not vice versa. Figure out climate, sun, wind, soil, topography, budget and building use, then design for energy and financial efficiency. I can help you make this process relatively easy, which can save both time and money — especially if I can help at the beginning of design.

I am ready and able to assist owners, NGO’s and design professionals — builders, architects and engineers — who wish to define a more ecologically friendly palette of material to their project, and find the best design that produces safe, clean and durable structures.