Beardsley Farm

The recently completed education building for Beardsley Community Farm provides office space, multi-purpose meeting room, and accessible restrooms for staff and the hundreds of students and volunteers that visit this urban farm each year.  A large covered outdoor space serves as an entrance to the farm, and place for volunteers to check in, and an… Read more »

WDVX Ijams Meadowlark Music Feastival

It’s almost here!  The WDVX Ijams Meadowlark Music Festival will be on Saturday June 25th from noon until 11pm.  This is one of our favorite summertime events.  What could be better than enjoying great music and food while outdoors at Ijams Nature Center?  The Urban Wilderness is just a trail away so you can stretch… Read more »

How to Prepare for the LEED Green Associate Test

Recently two members of our staff, Geoffrey Cavalier and Jason Cole earned their LEED Green Associate accreditation. Congratulations! USGBC says, “LEED Green Associates have a documented, up-to-date understanding of the most current green building principles and practices, and are committed to their professional future.” We couldn’t agree more! We asked Geoffrey and Jason to share… Read more »

Brush Creek Farm – Advanced Framing

  Beth recently made a trip to Middle Tennessee to check on the construction progress of the Brush Creek Farm Residence. The foundation is complete and the wall framing has begun. For Brush Creek Farm, we utilized a framing method known as advanced framing. The goal of advanced framing is to minimize the amount of framing material used and to improve the… Read more »

Brush Creek Farm – Reclaimed Materials

  Middle Tennessee is known for farming tobacco and many north central Tennessee counties continue the practice today. In the fall, tobacco leaves are harvested, hung in wooden barns, and cured by fires that are kept at a smolder from three days to ten weeks. The surrounding area enjoys the wonderful aroma of wood smoke as the crisp cool days approach.… Read more »

Why we love working downtown

Recently during a lunch and learn, a representative asked our staff if we enjoyed our office being downtown. Our response was quick and unanimous, yes! It may seem like a no brainer to us, but maybe we can shed some light on why we like our little home sweet home. First and foremost, we love… Read more »

Blower Door Test at Lonsdale Homes

Last week we (Brad, Maxi, Robyn, and Peter) had an opportunity to go out to the almost completed Lonsdale Homes to get a glance at what happens during a blower door test and duct test. This is a step towards LEED for Homes certification. The Building Performance Rater set up the tests and walked us… Read more »

Brush Creek Moves Ahead

The residence at Brush Creek is moving ahead with construction started. Most recently, the trench for the water and geothermal heating system was dug. This system will provide heating and cooling by using the ground temperature as the exchange medium rather than the outside air temperature that is normally used. The trench begins at the… Read more »

The Shelton Group is “Walking the Walk”

With the Shelton Group project finished in the Old City, we wanted to highlight their commitment to a sustainable culture. The Shelton Group describes their commitment on their website under the ‘Walking the Walk’ page. They share what they have done to implement sustainable strategies in both their new space and in the lifestyles of… Read more »