Sustainability and Green
Bast and Rood have been committed to green,
sustainable design practices since 1973. We have experimented with
many passive solar strategies and superinsulation techniques. Orientation,
glazing and envelope are always evaluated for energy efficiency.
We encourage owners to consider life cycle costing which gives the
true measure of the economy of a design. Much of our work has taken
us beyond the traditional boundaries of a strict architecture practice:
Clivus Multrum Co.
- The principals of the firm founded a company in 1975 to
conduct research and development on composting toilets. We manufactured
sold and installed the product, with improvements of our own design,
for eventual incorporation into the main product line.
Mad River Hydro Co.
- In order to promote alternative energy generation, Macrae Rood
and William McDonough established this company to develope hydroelectric
plants that sell electricity to public utilities generated from
a renewable resource. Mad River Hydro also arranged for financing
of North Wind Power Co., a company which manufactures wind turbines.
Build School - We helped grow the school, which
has as its central mission the teaching of sustainable design
to lay persons as well as professionals in the field of architecture.
We have been teaching in the school since 1980.
Public policy issues are an important
aspect of sustainability As
an elected local official for two decades, Bast has been a local
and statewide advocate of sustainable practice.
His town of Hinesburg created the first town-wide
recycling program in Chittenden County. He helped lead the VT League
of Cities and Towns towards reinforcing compact village infrastructure
development, and has been involved in efforts to understand the
dynamics and cost of sprawl.
He has been active in transportation
issues on a regional and statewide basis, chairing a regional transportation
planning group for towns and serving on the committee that developed
new road design standards for the State of Vermont in 1997. These
were the first standards nationally to reach beyond the safety of
motorists, deferring to community and village goals, pedestrians
and cyclists, for example. The new state standards were recognized
by a special trustees award for excellence in public policy by the
National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Rood helped a group of Lakota Indians
on the Pine Ridge Reservation, start a sustainable community to
break the cycle of dependence on government support. We taught a
core group how to build with local materials, including mud bricks,
and logs cut and peeled on site. Rice hulls, normally a waste product,
were used as insulation. The modest fund raising effort which we
assembled was used to purchase state of the art windows for solar
heating and photovoltaic panels for lighting. The community is completely
off the grid, and five miles from the nearest road.
Northern Power Systems, MarBina
Bridge and Green Mountain Valley School are just a few examples
of the projects we have designed or are currently in the design
process with sustainablitity issues at the core of the projects.