Sustainability Tips for Homebuilders and Their Clients

If you are even considering having a home built sustainably, or you are a homebuilder with a client interested in sustainability, set those internet floorplans aside and START HERE: NATURE’S AFFECTS ON THE SITE: Which way does the sun move across the sky and, therefore, what orientation will provide the home with the best solar access? Where does the wind […]

Irrigation Upgrades

Did you know that there have been amazing advances in irrigation controller technology? What’s more, local municipalities including the City of Spokane, WA are encouraging upgrading to new controllers and smarter watering with financial incentives. Not only can you recieve an incentive from the city, but you can also save additional money with a new […]

Rainwater Harvesting in the Northwest

Imagine that rainwater harvesting could be turned into an art and given its place in the landscape.

Regional Landscaping Methods

So, it’s pretty easy to look at a book , read a magazine article or watch a show on TV and think, “Hey, I want that in my yard”. However, the practicality of introducing species of plants and trees, landscape features or even landscape construction methods that do not typically work well in our inland northwest landscape […]

What is sustainability?

In a nutshell, something is sustainable when as much, or more, goes back into it as what was taken out. Often the words ‘Green’ and ‘Sustainable’ are used interchangeably, but they are not. Something may be considered ‘green’ because it is healthy, natural, chemical free, or perhaps meets some standard that is relatively ambiguous in the […]