Can one person make a difference?


If you read my blog, you know, I am fighting for change in our community and every community. I want homes to be built that are more energy-efficient, recycling to be thought of as the absolute minimum that can be done and everyone does it, and indoor air quality to be as important as granite…

2014 Virginia Energy Plan Listening Tour


July 1st is our monthly Green Drinks meeting. We will be at Beyond Restaurant and Lounge from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and share their ideas. This is a no agenda informal time to gather and talk about our community. Meeting: https://www.facebook.com/events/1432659557019549/ There is another event at 6pm at the Ice…

Downtown office building renovation update


There is a lot of potential in downtown Harrisonburg with a little renovation. This office building renovation that I posted here, here is getting new life and a new look. As the building starts to take shape, the systems are upgraded, and the efficiency is increased you can see what is possible with many of the out dated buildings…

These homes prove that energy-efficient homes can be built for every budget


I hear all the time that green costs more. However, with good design, these homes being built-in Lexington will show that green design can be done for any budget. A high-performance home is achieved through an understanding of building systems / building science not increased budgets. Using innovative products available in the market today, allows you…

Green Term Defined: Recycled Content


Recycling is the universal sign of “going green.” It is a process that takes a waste material and converts it to a new product, thus reducing the consumption of raw materials, potentially reducing energy usage, and diverts materials from a landfill.  Recycled materials include wood, glass, metal, paper, plastic, electronics, and even fly ash. These…

Harrisonburg Soap Box Derby


The Annual Harrisonburg Soap Box Derby took place earlier in June. This event teaches kids workmanship, sportsmanship, and community service. This event is sponsored by the Rockingham Rotary. It is spearheaded by Farm Credit’s Matt Findley who puts countless hours into the event along with most of his family. This derby just completed the ninth…

“Do you get excited about every project you design?” We do!


Yesterday I attended a kick off event for one of our commercial project. This is an exciting time for the clients as they have the opportunity to tell their story to the public about what they are doing and why it is important. This is especially important for an organization like the Blue Ridge Area…

The start of a project is one of the most exciting stages


The ground breaking of a project is a very exciting first step of any project. You spend months on design, learning what the client wants, and testing variations to get it right. Then you submit the design to the city / county for final review and to get the permits required to do construction. Finally…

Green Term Defined: R-Value


R-Value is a measure of the reduction of heat transfer across a defined path. An R-Value of a product will provide you with information about the thermal performance of that specific product. It does not tell you the R-Value of the system (fiberglass, wood studs, sheathing, siding making up a wall assembly). There is a…