1 Brave Scout Trail – Thermal Bridges

Posted on Apr 19, 2018
1 Brave Scout Trail – Thermal Bridges

Paying close attention to thermal bridging in the details is something that is extremely important – as important as insulation. Here is a Greenbuildingadvisor.com post describing what thermal bridging is and why it is so important. According to Wikipedia, thermal bridging is “an area or component of an object which has higher thermal conductivity than […]

1 Brave Scout Trail – Living Building Challenge – Site Petal

Posted on Apr 17, 2018
1 Brave Scout Trail – Living Building Challenge – Site Petal

Why does the 1 Brave Scout Trail Project Team feel that it is appropriate to build on this greenfield site? Human Powered Living The Site is within 2km of a major train station providing access to NYC and other points along the Hudson River. This is within easy walking and/or biking distance, providing current and […]

1 Brave Scout Trail, Living Building Challenge Residence: Trees Cleared for Milling

Posted on Apr 13, 2018
1 Brave Scout Trail, Living Building Challenge Residence: Trees Cleared for Milling

As part of the subdivision process, every single tree on the entire 1 Brave Scout Trail property above 12″ caliper was tagged. This allowed for easily identification of trees for removal, saving, protection, and trimming. We learned that most of the trees on the property are Sugar Maple, Red Oak, and Black Locust. We learned […]

Window Reminiscing

Posted on Jan 29, 2018
Window Reminiscing

As we move on to a newly designed office space, we look back at a selection of our Cold Spring, NY Main St. windows over the years.

Stones and Solar Orientation

Posted on Nov 26, 2017
Stones and Solar Orientation

Stones, earth, sun, seasons. Ultimately, as they told us in art and architectural history class, all of architecture can be traced back to the primitive hut. And what direction would it make sense to orient a primitive hut? To the south, to capture the warm sunlight on cold fall and winter days. This was solar […]

Pretty Good Home Site

Posted on Aug 23, 2017
Pretty Good Home Site

So here it is. Here is where we intend to build a home. As David wrote somewhere on Green Building Advisor (or at Wolfe Island Passive House), the goal here isn’t “payback” as is so often mentioned in reference to “green building” metrics. Having been blessed with the good fortune of having the opportunity to […]

Land Development and Trees

Posted on Aug 22, 2017
Land Development and Trees

As a self-proclaimed treehugger, it is certainly with some trepidation that I reach my arms around trees in order to tag them for removal. But what I have learned from my partner, the Landscape Architect Erin Muir, is that, if undertaken with care and integrity, the removal of some plants can be justified in order […]

Organic Lawn Care in the Northeast

Posted on May 11, 2017

You are right to be upset about the lawn care chemicals being dumped on the lawns of your community – or anywhere for that matter. the Figure Ground Studio cares deeply about responsible land management and has done a fair amount of research and even public speaking about the importance of organic lawn care. Here […]

Perfect Solutions and the Pretty Good House

Posted on Mar 31, 2017
Perfect Solutions and the Pretty Good House

Like most architects, I am susceptible to believing two things: That a perfect solution to a design problem has yet to be discovered, and If I think enough about said design problem, I can discover a previously undiscovered solution to it. As I have researched the various possibilities for wall assemblies at Mullet Hall, I […]

Wall Sketches

Posted on Mar 23, 2017
Wall Sketches

Another day of intense wall research and discussion, and we are back to the 2×6 Advanced Frame Wall Construction with Mineral Fiber Insulation (AFWCMFI Wall), with a total R of 47, and a modified version using TJIs on the roof for an R70 roof. There is some wiggle room there with the R values, and […]