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Bamboo Technologies, LLC (Bamboo Living) design and manufacture structurally certified bamboo homes. Founded in 1995, Bamboo Technologies has produced over 350 homes in Hawaii and around the world. I spoke with founder David Sands about why bamboo is sustainable and a great building material. The speed at which it grows is a key reason why bamboo is sustainable. ... [Read more]

Eric Fisher is making green design less boring. Not that green design is necessarily boring in the fist place, but Eric believes in making buildings that are well suited to their location and are interesting for people. To find out more about Eric and his Pittsburg practice check out some of the great images on his ... [Read more]

Andrew Stephenson has always seen architecture as a unique opportunity to turn people's dreams into reality. Andrew and his family learnt a lot about living well in small places when they lived, travelled and worked together in a luxury bus for 5 years. See their home and some of their adventures at fun4five.com. Designing, building and ... [Read more]

Can you imagine meeting someone at university with similar interests, falling in love with them, then starting a practice together offering complementary design services to provide beautiful, functional architecture in harmony with the Earth? Sounds pretty idillic. And it's what Matthew Swett and Sarah Birger have done to create Taproot Architects. Throw in the fact that they ... [Read more]

Matthew Vande and partner Amy Musser created VandeMussser Design to help with 'the technical side of building green'. They found a great problem when they moved to North Carolina - builders who wanted to do right thing, but didn't know what the right thing was. Matt, Amy and their team now help builders and their ... [Read more]

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