energy and environment

Environmental stewardship has been a cornerstone of Perkins Smith Design Build since its inception. We encourage our clients to make choices that will provide a healthy living environment while minimizing environmental impact and consumption of resources as well as emissions and waste.

Whether renovating an existing building or building new, Perkins Smith utilizes a wide range of the latest technologies and practices. We conduct a thorough energy analysis as part of the preconstruction process to insure that the finished product incorporates all appropriate energy improvements and minimizes the owner's carbon footprint.

head-shot Perkins Smith is an energy partner with Efficiency Vermont. Our BPI certified Energy Specialist, Russ Flanigan, works closely with our clients to determine their energy needs and to guide them through the process of establishing eligibility for various incentives. Russ has extensive experience in the construction industry and has specialized in energy efficiency and renewable energy installations around the country. He has coordinated renewable energy research trips throughout Europe and Iceland.

comprehensive energy audits

Blower door testing and infrared imaging are two of the many tools we use to test the energy efficiency of your home and identify specific areas in need of improvement. Our audits include a comprehensive and consumer-friendly report which identifies specific action steps that will improve the efficiency, comfort and safety of your home. We feel Perkins Smith's reports are the best in the marketplace and have gotten great feedback from our clients about how helpful they have been.

solar hot water

Solar hot water systems are the most cost effective way to "produce energy" for your home. The revised solar tax credit provides a 30% tax credit for installed solar systems, improving this already sound investment. A quick, free, solar assessment will help determine the viability of solar hot water for your home.


Using solar electric panels (PV) provides the opportunity to further reduce your home's carbon production by producing clean, reliable electricity whenever the sun is shining. If you are not using electricity, the system will "turn your meter backwards," offsetting your accumulated use. PV installations can be scaled to meet a variety of budgets.

sustainable building practices

High-performance insulation, solar orientation, window selection and location and proper layout all have a major impact on the operational costs of your home. Proper planning and selection can dramatically reduce your energy consumption at little or no extra cost.

Wood harvested from your property can provide beautiful materials for your home, add distinctive design elements, reduce the environmental impact of your project and install a sense of satisfaction from using what is on hand.

Using reclaimed materials reduces the need to harvest and consume natural resources and provides a unique beauty and character.