1 Brave Scout Trail Construction Underway

Posted on Aug 21, 2018
1 Brave Scout Trail Construction Underway

Breaking Ground On a cold February morning in 2017, we broke ground for construction at 1 Brave Scout Trail. Having grown so accustomed to being in the forest on the land, it was hard for us to see the trees begin to come down to make room for the house. We sent as much of […]

1 Brave Scout Trail – LBC Materials Red List

Posted on Jul 25, 2018
1 Brave Scout Trail – LBC Materials Red List

As could have perhaps been predicted, the main “challenge” of the Living Building Challenge, particularly during construction, is the Materials Petal. In this post I will discuss the Red List Imperative of the Materials Petal. According to the International Living Futures Institute, The intent of the Materials Petal is to help create a materials economy […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

CLT and Double Stud and PERSIST, oh my!

Posted on Mar 14, 2017

Those who have been around me any time during the last few months will know that one of the main topics on my mind has been the appropriate wall system for the No-name Passive House (working title: Mullet Hall). We began this quest looking primarily at Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) Block. As I explained in […]

PDX Backyard Habitat featured in Green Builder Magazine

Posted on Jun 6, 2016
PDX Backyard Habitat featured in Green Builder Magazine

The Figure Ground Studio’s PDX Backyard Habitat , located in southwest hills of Portland, Oregon, was recently featured in the March-April 2016 issue of Green Builder magazine. Our very own Erin Muir, who served as Landscape Architect on this job, is quoted extensively about her design in the article, discussing the theory and practice of […]