In 2010, through a dynamic revisioning process, we reaffirmed our commitment to our cooperative structure and our focus on values before profit. The benefits of our cooperative structure continue to be many; for the company, its families, and especially its clients. During this process, with a consensus driven approach, we retooled our Mission Statement and Guiding Principles
The following year brought two important changes and continued growth. First with the awarding of a state grant of a blower door and other energy auditing tools as well as the opportunity to send, Jeff Mack, through the Building Performance Institute’s Building Analyst training. We were and are delighted to be able to offer comprehensive building envelope testing and whole house energy efficiency assessments. In combination with our work and passion for high performance building, the testing equipment has given us the ability to test the effectiveness of envelope assemblies and our air sealing efforts. Secondly, and notably one of the most rewarding, was moving our office and home base into the Alley District neighborhood of Downtown Bellingham. Besides eliminating many wasted hours driving between our old county office and our typical Bellingham projects, it placed us in the heart of the community we love and call home.
In the intervening years we have continued to responsibly grow to serve our clients’ needs, take on more interesting and challenging projects, further develop our project management systems, and support our staff in their personal development goals. In 2014, we were very excited to start our first net zero energy custom home, inspired by the principles of the passive house movement. We will be closely monitoring the performance of this house over the next couple years and will be incorporating many of the tricks we learn into our future practices.
Moving forward, the company’s goals are to keep pushing the standards and best practices, so that the term “green building” becomes obsolete, and high performance building becomes the rule. Continue to provide a path to business ownership for all of our dedicated future owners and enjoy the benefits of dedicated community of craftsman co-owners. And finally, continue to look for ways to push our creative edges by infusing art and beauty into each and every one of our projects.