Regardless of size or budget, we integrate the most appropriate ecological building practices with the realities of today’s economy and the complex nature of construction. In the end, we hope each project translates the owner’s original vision into something real and timeless and worthy of being passed on to the next generation.
2011 projects and beyond will be designed to meet the world’s most stringent energy standard, the Passive House Certification, originally developed in Germany. We have also achieved Platinum certification with the less energy efficient but more broadly based LEED for Homes rating system and strive to reach the Living Building Challenge.
Fundamentally, we have continued to innovate beyond rating systems in the areas of local, low embodied energy carbon negative natural recyclable building systems such as straw bale wall systems with locally sourced earthen plaster and timber. These systems employ local people to create a new craft from ancient techniques with modern sensibilities.
Beyond architecture, our practice aspires to contribute to a culture of appreciation and collaboration with nature, with respect to its limits and inspiration from its efficiency.
Johnatan Heneka; www.fuentesdesign.com