10 Things to get your home ready for Winter


1      Insulation. Make sure your attic insulation is deep, positioned correctly, and completely covering the heated areas of your home. Just like an extra blanket on your bed keeps you nice and toasty, a thick layer of insulation in the attic keeps your energy bills lower in the cold weather months. 2      Duct sealing. Hot…

Green Term Defined: air sealing


Air sealing is the first line of defense against wasting energy in your home and protecting your indoor air quality. Air sealing is the practice of filling all those gaps, cracks, and holes in your thermal envelope. This tightens the home’s air pressure giving you a solid thermal envelope. Air sealing is the most effective…

Crossroads Farm High Performance House Updated


Our clients for the Crossroads Farm home we finished a couple of years ago sent us some new pics of their home. We posted about the home here and here and here and here in the past. This home features a vegetated retaining wall, rainwater harvesting system, and high performance thermal envelope / heating and cooling system.

Why build a ZEB Middle School in Harrisonburg.


As of 2010, according to National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), there are almost 99,000 public K-12 schools in America. In 1999 (the most recent data available), the average public school building in the U.S. was 42 years old. We build our public building, particularly schools, to last a long time.  Building to only meet the current…

Green Term Defined: Rain screen


The rain screen is an important element of your wall system that is very often forgotten in home construction. A rain screen is the air space behind your cladding that gives a second line of defense against moisture intrusion. This allows moisture that passes through the cladding a path back out and allows for air…