• “We really enjoyed the field trip. The students' most popular word to describe it was "awesome."

    Thank you so much for your time!”
    — Charlene Getchell, Construction Trainer Portland YouthBuilders
  • “Keep doing what you’re doing – it means a lot to the next generation of builders and designers to see that this stuff isn’t just talk but walk. You elevate the conversation, and show that ‘just do it’ is more than a worn out shoe slogan.”
    — Peter Gramlich M. Arch LEED AP
  • “I truly believe that Dustin and Garrett's project represents everything that is right in contemporary home design. Their knowledge of the green lexicon is surpassed only by their desire to implement it.

    C'mon, two hard working do-it-yourselfers are pushing the envelope of LEED and Cascadia certification? No big budget. No fancy titles. Just thorough research, good design, and their own determination. Sitting down with these guys and talking about intelligent home design is enlightening. They are cutting edge, thinking many years into the future and bringing real insight to bear on their undertaking. The Living Building Challenge is one of the more sentient utterances I've heard in the world of home construction. This challenge is worth meeting. For Garrett and Dustin to pull it off will be a great accomplishment.

    This is a classic story of people leading so that leaders will follow. I, for one, hope they succeed.

    Thanks Garrett and Dustin, keep up the good work.”
    — Crockett Marr, Assistant Dean, Reed College, Portland.
  • “This project is a bold undertaking and it's absolutely necessary. Right now, we are at a point of crisis with global warming. We absolutely need fresh bold solutions that are far above and beyond the steps we've taken so far. These guys are taking existing advanced green building techniques and tying them together into a revolutionary design and modeling the kind of building we will need in the future. Their work is inspiring because they are doing the hard work and heavy lifting to make it easier for everybody else. They're pioneers.”
    — Stephen Aiguier, President, Green Hammer Building Contractors, Portland.
  • “I absolutely love Dustin and Garrett's chutzpah making a do-it-yourself project into one of the nation's most sustainable homes, all on a tiny budget and lots of their own sweat.”
    — Brian Libby, Architecture Writer
  • “Everybody will benefit from their success. Right now, we're at a point of crisis globally and we absolutely need fresh bold solutions that are far above and beyond the steps we've taken so far. These guys have a unique capacity to inspire people with a bold vision and the passion to make it happen. When they finish this house it'll be absolutely unique. It may not be perfect but it will inspire builders and homeowners and it is the kind of home we will need in the future. Their work is absolutely critical.”
    — Stephen Aiguier, President, Green Hammer Building Contractors, Portland.
* LEED has done a wonderful job of transforming the building industry and bringing focus to more environmentally sound building practices.

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