Thursday, June 25, 2009

Top 20 Under 40

Jeff Dahl
Green Line Architects
Carbondale, Colorado

Jeff Dahl is on a mission. “We’re trying to get
as efficient as we can, to the point where our
homes use zero net energy,” he explains of
the mission he’s embarked upon with partner
Steven Novy. And although he’s found
that “greenwashing” has diluted the impact
of the term “green building,” his firm is doing
its best to do things right. “As far as we’re
concerned, energy efficiency is probably the
most important aspect of green design,”
Dahl says. Building smaller, ultra-durable
homes that will last for generations is also a
priority. The trick, says Dahl, is marrying
sustainability with aesthetics. “If it doesn’t
look good, then it’s not worth it,” he says.
And although the firm’s architectural style is
faithful to Colorado’s mountain vernacular,
but with a modern twist, each design is a
unique solution with a look that’s one-of-akind.
“We don’t want to get pigeonholed into
any one style,” Dahl says. “We always try to
create timeless designs for real people.”

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Spiral Stairs

We really love designing stairs. This shows the variations we considered for a stair to access a loft space off the living room for an existing home in Carbondale, CO. Vote for your favorite!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Web Site is LIVE!

Our web site: has just gone LIVE! (after a long time in development)
also check out Dave Rasmussen's new web site:


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Off-Grid Solar Home in Lenado, CO

Here are some photos of a house of ours that's under construction.
It is off the grid, and has a current HERS rating of 13! That means it will use 13% of the energy of a code-compliant home, very close to net-zero energy usage, which may be achieved based on occupant behavior. The walls and roof are constructed with SIP's panels. It will have 3 tracking photovoltaic arrays and (8) 8 x 10 solar hot water panels. The exterior is designed to be low-maintenance, and a large part of the exterior materials are coming from existing buildings on site that are being deconstructed!
It is expected to receive a LEED-H Gold certification.
Check out our completed projects at: Green Line Architects Web Site

Also, check out one of staff's new web site at: David Rasmussen Design