USGBC We only have one environment..... Don't waste it

Architecture, as a profession has evolved into a more meaningful role in todays' society. We struggle to create the built environment that harmonizes with our natural surroundings. We create the physical boundaries where we spend the majority of our live. it is because of this that we affect all people. It is our responsibility to all of us to create a truly meaningful and useful built environment.

Tom Retnauer, AIA, LEED AP

Green Building - What does it mean? How do you do it? What does it cost?

All good questions. We are here to answer them. Our lead Design Principal, Tom Retnauer is a LEED Certified AP Professional. What that means is that he has taken the time to not only learn about green construction but expand his knowledge to a level that very few people attain. This means for our clients that you have someone leading your project that understands how to incorporate Green Building Methods into your project, but more importantly will educate you about the process and what the cost ramifications will be for your project.

There are multiple web site that can aid you in learning more about Green Building Methods. Below are the most popular web sites to visit and we explain each.



The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501 c3 non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings..

With a community comprising 78 local affiliates, more than 20,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 100,000 LEED Accredited Professionals, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to soar to $60 billion by 2010. The USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.


Green Building is a general web site that has information for professionals and non-professionals. They include information for residential projects as well as commercial construction. The site lists different technologies and methodologies. You can find professionals to aid you in a variety of projects and has an extensive knowledge base.


Earth Craft Homes

EarthCraft House is a green building program that serves as a blueprint for healthy comfortable homes that reduce utility bills and protect the environment. The aim of the program is to help home builders be leaders in smart growth management and environmental stewardship.