Walking the Walk: A Green Builder Responds

Alan’s response to Janet, on the renovation of Apartment #1807 I’m not a fanatic by nature, and I’m really uncomfortable being a scold.  But to be a green builder requires being both. That’s because for every way to do something green, there are fifty ways to fall short.  Fifty ways to do it faster, more read more


A Small Design Build Firm Goes Green

by Janet Kinzer Alan Abrams, my husband, has been designing and building and renovating houses since he was a young man.  He’s been a green builder, building with a focus on sustainability for more than a decade now, and that is about how long we’ve been together.I remember, very early in our relationship, when he read more


The Human Factor Strikes Again–Energy Efficient Device Backfires

Following up on the frustrations of dealing with human frailty… With the arrival of our new chief building engineer, Robert Burgess, Parkside Plaza (my home) has been greening up. Robert is a LEED certified professional, and has been aggressively finding ways to reduce energy consumption in our 250 unit building, replacing fan controls, balancing pumps read more


Green Remodeling and Addition Project Nearing Completion

Green Remodeling: The Proof Is In the Energy Efficiency Test Results The countdown is on.  It’s seven days til move-in, as this Arlington, VA green remodeling and addition project nears completion. This green remodeling includes a three story addition, with new master suite on the second floor, a mud room, breakfast room and family room read more



what is it about curves, that add a sense of delight to space? photos by Ken Wyner a kitchen renovation near downtown Silver Spring. the arch and woodwork is made from urban harvest cherry, by treincarnation addition and kitchen renovation near downtown Silver Spring. the archway was created to link the old kitchen area with read more


Progress on our Passive House Project

The architectural portion of the plans for the new Passive House in Derwood, MD has been approved by the Montgomery County building authorities.   Site plan review is on going. Concurrently, PHIUS‘s review of the project is nearly complete.   Ryan Abendroth and Lisa White have scrutinized nearly two dozen, densly detailed Excel worksheets that comprise the read more


Ken Wyner and Alice Ng

One of the great joys of this field is working with talented and inspired artists and craftspeople. Ken Wyner has never driven a nail on any of my projects, but he has become an essential part of the process. Most directly, he is a window to the outside world. Without the images he creates of read more