Minimize the number of interior doors and walls.
Use finishes sparingly.
Incorporate industrial materials.
Employ passive cooling strategies.
Idaho white pine
“It grows like a weed in this part of the Pacific Northwest.”
Idaho Forest Products Commission, 208.334.3292; www.idahoforests.org.
Insulspan roof insulation panels
“You have essentially the insulation and the nailer prefabricated. The fact that it's prefab saved a lot of labor.”
Insulspan, 517.486.4844; www.insulspan.com.
Sonotube concrete forms
“A great forming mechanism for round columns and piers.”
Sonoco, 888.766.8823; www.sonotube.com.
Easy Lock standing-seam metal roofing
“You get this amazing bounce off of the Galvalume that picks up the color of the sky. And it's less expensive than painted metal.”
Taylor Metal Products, 800.574. 1388; www.taylormetal.com.
“Being a composite, it's a much better choice [than wood]. The client's very happy with it because it doesn't require [much] maintenance.”
Trex Co., 800.289.8739; www.trex.com.