Our research and deveopment on whole-building systems include: breathable wall assemblies, passive water and heating systems, high performance wood heating systems, wood heating water systems, passive house construction, clay plasters, timber framing with invasive species, earthbag with site-based materials, cordwood masonry construction with site-made lime-based mortar, and more. Download the overview of Ben Falk's undergraduate thesis on ecological home siting and construction strategies for cold climates. This work ended up forming the conceptual approach to the Whole Systems Design company.

Vermont Vernacular: Towards Indigenous Ecological Dwelling (167KB PDF)

The best source for learning more about what we have figured out on the leading edge of resiliency in building includes our book and Whole Systems Skills Courses.