Alternate Techniques

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Using glass and 3 story mass walls, the heating bills for these homes are almost half those of their neighbors. We pioneered “glass and and mass” superinsulated houses.  We achieve an average 40% reduction of heating bills and 60% less electric bills.


“Ice Block” system for the foundation of this house below. These styrofoam forms are filled with concrete, waterproofed and then back-filled on the outside, and then sheetrocked on the inside. The finished wall of this basement ends up having an insulating coefficiency of R-30, compared to R-11 for a standard 2×4 framed finished basement wall.




Permaculture greenhouse addition with second story


This owner decided she wanted to grow her own food year-round. We worked with her to come up with a design and implement certain permaculture techniques to assure a year-round viable temperature for growing tomatoes, beans, and various other greens. These techniques included raised ferrocement planter beds with warm air recirculating pipes in them, separation of different zones with operable windows, and a wood stove hooked up to the hydronic heating system.