Posts Tagged ‘Design’


Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

If you’ve pictured yourself living in a sustainable, super-efficient home, we’d like to talk to you!

Sustainable, Zero Net Energy homes are being built in markets around the country, at surprisingly affordable prices.  Keeping the spirit of Idaho and the Boise Valley, what do people want to see when it comes to Deep Green Homes in this market?  How big are they?  What features are must haves?  What level of finish should they have? Where should they be located?

USGBC-Idaho Chapter and Gary Christensen, Developer of the Banner Bank Building, are conducting a series of Discussion Groups between April 24th and May 5th to find answers to these questions.  An Eco-charette will be held the end of May to explore how to build these Deep Green Homes, and where the bottlenecks are that run up the costs locally.  The results will be shared with the home building community and the public in a variety of forums.

If you are willing to share your ideas, and hear what other people are thinking about Deep Green Homes and would like to participate register here!

Please share this invitations others you know who would be interested.  Thanks!


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Leading beyond LEED: Living, thinking and designing for the 21st century

Monday, September 26th, 2011

An evening with Dale Bates

Towards an Eco-Conscious Design

Leading beyond LEED: Living, thinking, and designing for the 21st century

Water Cooler – 14th and Idaho Street, Boise
September 27th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Come and enjoy some wine and cheese and meet Dale Bates – designer of the new Northwood Place green affordable housing project in Ketchum. Dale is the recipient of the 2007 Better Bricks designer award and has a longtime practice incorporating ecologically sensitive design.

Reception at 5:30

Presentation on the Northwood Place project and Dale’s pursuit of green strategies to follow 

Admission is free – wine and cheese will be served!

Dale Bates is a Ketchum-based architect and head of the Town Design Team of the Ketchum Community Development Corporation. He started his own practice in 1980 during an energy crisis, with two businesses: The Energy Management Center, a company that consulted on conservation measures and supplying and installing solar hot water heating systems; and Bates & Sun (later to become Living Architecture), a design firm specializing in the full range of eco-conscious design from passive solar to eco-communities for the 21st century.

Living Architecture has become recognized specialists in designing buildings from the ground up that support human health and potential, affordable housing, and community transition to resilience toward a post carbon future. Recent projects include Northwood Place, Ketchum’s 32-unit green affordable housing project.


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