Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What are the most cost-effective energy efficiency strategies for the Roaring Fork Valley?

Thanks to local architects Mark McLain and Angela Loughry for undertaking a detailed analysis of the cost, energy-efficiency and carbon footprint of various building shell configurations and mechanical systems for an affordable housing project in Carbondale.
Here are some highlights from their study:
1.  The best way to reduce the carbon footprint of a home is to reduce operational energy consumption, even if it raises the initial construction carbon footprint.
2. The largest factor in fuel consumption and construction cost is the mechanical system.
3.  Avoid active cooling. 
4.  Insulation continues to be a cost effective way to increase building performance. 
5.  Air Sealing is on par with insulation in its cost effectiveness in increasing building performance. 
6.  Volume is a luxury. 
7.  Photovoltaics are becoming a key component to include in any home shell beyond the basic code minimum.  
8.  Net-zero is not out of reach. 

Read the entire study to get the details!
This is great information that we will use to help direct our clients to select the appropriate systems for their homes.
Thanks to Habitat for Humanity and the Community Office for Resource Efficiency for helping to make this happen.

Here is a photo of the raw data from 117 home configurations.  As Angela described, it just looks like spaghetti.   However, once you understand the initial costs on the left-hand side, and the life cycle costs as the lines run to the right, it all starts to make sense!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Off the Grid Build: Rocky Mountains - New TV Series

Casting has begun for a new TV series: Off the Grid Build: Rocky Mountains

Like all of our projects, they are casting for unique builds, such as solar / wind power, self-sustaining energy systems, recycled materials, milling lumber on site, etc...

The show will showcase some the challenges it takes to get materials to a job site, battle mountain weather and animals!  

It doesn’t have to an 8,000 square foot home, just something that says "Rocky Mountains" and has unique features and/or challenges. 

So, are you ready to start design on that Off the Grid Home?  If so, call us and we'll consider pitching your project to the production company!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Green Line Architects is hiring! Position available as an architectural intern, with 1-4 years experience.

Green Line Architects seeks Architectural Intern (1-4 years experience) 
Minimum 4 year architecture degree. 

Green Line Architects, PC is a collaborative design and service-oriented, architecture firm located in Carbondale, Colorado. An award-winning firm, Green Line specializes in forward-thinking design of single and multi-family homes from high-end custom to affordable housing; small commercial projects and agricultural buildings. 

Intern candidates should be familiar with and ready to contribute to the design of: 
High performance buildings; 
Solar buildings (passive solar, building-integrated PV and solar hot water); 
Architectural interiors; 
Historic preservation projects; 
Renewable energy systems; 
Applied building science and building science research; 
Land planning & entitlements; 
Space planning; 
Affordable housing; 
Small commercial projects; 
Agricultural buildings. 

Extra credit if you have experience with Living Buildings or PassivHaus design. 

Valley residents preferred. 
ArchiCad experience a plus. 
Candidates must have an excellent sense of design, a strong work ethic and a professional demeanor. 

IDP candidates will receive experience in all categories of work. 
Salary based on experience and qualifications. 

Send resume, cover letter and work samples in pdf format to: 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Questions to ask your architect!

Thinking of hiring an architect?  Make sure to look for an architect who is registered with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and make sure to ask him or her these questions! (CLICK HERE)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tree Houzz, by Green Line Architects and David Rasmussen Design! is a great site for finding design professionals, and for communicating design ideas for new homes, additions and remodels.  We have been using it with our clients;  reviewing their idea books, and taking cues from their aesthetic preferences to help direct our designs.
The Houzz staff wrote a very nice article about our tree house.  Take a look here:  GLA TreeHouzz.
...and make sure to check out David Rasmussen Designs.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Powder Mountain West Home

We just finished the design of this home for Powder Mountain - WEST!  (the older, funkier part of the mountain...)

Here is a very interesting article about the Summit Series Group buying Powder Mountain:  Why Buy a House When You Can Buy a Mountain?

Monday, June 17, 2013

The State of Colorado Establishes a Forward-Thinking Net-Zero Home Mortgage Program!

Thanks to the Colorado Energy Saving Mortgage Program, signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper on May 28, a homebuyer purchasing a new or renovated ZNE (HERS 0 rating) home is eligible for an $8,000 reduction on financing the total cost of his or her home mortgage. A new or renovated home that has a HERS rating greater than HERS 0, but less than HERS 50 (50 percent energy reduction), will also receive a mortgage reduction incentive.