INTRODUCTION

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead

My partner, Denise Donahue, and I, Simone du Boise, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB are, in essence, environmentalists. As licensed architects, certified general contractors, and LEED Accredited Professionals, we co-founded Cadmus Environmental Design-Build in spite of our belief that the world doesn't really need another developer, builder, or architect, but rather because it most certainly needs environmental stewards. We also believe we have both a personal and professional responsibility to utilize our abilities and expertise to “Build A Better Environment.”

Our Weatherford Place Community is a living expression of that commitment to comprehensive energy and water conservation, coupled with contributory assets that demand less and deliver more as a community. Our signature solution, the EcoCraft Hybrid™ Home, provides a prescriptive method towards Net Zero Energy results. Our formula factors efficiency, conservation, and CARE (Clean, Alternative, Renewable, Energy) toward a result of zero demand. Synergistic systems and innovations that include passive solar, active solar PV, and solar thermal are key to measurable results and LEED Platinum Certifications.

The EcoCraft Hybrid™ Home evolves around a holistic approach that includes: low impact design; utilitarian driven and directed by the local vernacular; passive and active solar integration; engineered systems to enhance conservation measures; and in-situ analysis that integrates the past with the present. Energy efficiency, water conservation, and environmental care inform the design and construction of an artistic, comfortable, easy to care for, and healthy home that enables universal access and age-in-place abilities. Following our specific design and construction directives, all of this is achievable at price points comparable to conventional construction.

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