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Architectural Design & Green Remodels

Since 1976, San Luis Obispo Sustainability Group Architects have been designing a variety of building types with the common thread of being green in regard to function, process and composition. These buildings incorporate passive solar heating, passive cooling, daylighting, green materials, integration of photovoltaic electricity generation, and concerns for health. This includes building complexes of 400,000 square feet to cottages of 400 square feet. We offer a total package of design services from programming through construction observation.

Planning & Landscape Design

Sustainable design deals with optimizing large scale to small scale considerations such as solar access, watershed relationships, plant communities, land use and circulation. Planning is an extremely important part of sustainable design. We have experience at both the programming and physical planning levels for urban design, campus planning, housing projects, ranches, parks and camps. San Luis Sustainability Group is on the leading edge of green building practices. Our


Sustainable design is a rapidly growing discipline. Therefore, involvement in research and publication is critical to its practice. In this regard, SLOSG has been involved in the following: 1977-Roof pond prototype for the first passive solar building in California. In 1980, Ken Haggard and Phil Niles wrote the Passive Solar Handbook for the California State Energy Commission. In 1992, SLOSG designed the first permitted straw bale building in California, and designed the first permitted interior marsh for integrated waste water treatment in California. In 1999, Scott Clark and Ken Haggard were the editors for the Straw Bale Detail Book for the California Straw Bale Builders Association. In 2000, SLOSG wrote a passive solar chapter for the book Alternative Construction, edited by Elizabeth and Adams. Ken Haggard and Polly Cooper co-authored a book entitled Fractal Architecture-Design for Sustainability, published in 2006.

Interiors, Artifacts & Appropriate Technology

Follow through and connection to all scales is essential in sustainable design. We concentrate on the details of building interiors, project-related art and artifacts and appropriate technology as much as the other scales of design. Appropriate technologies include topics such as graywater and rainwater catchment for low impact development.

Consulting & Speaking Engagements

We offer consulting on a variety of projects at a number of scales from campuses to residences. Because sustainability is so integral to design at all levels, consultation is most effective if part of the whole process. It should begin early at the programming and site planning phases. With over twenty years of educational experience in the field of sustainable architecture, planning and landscape architecture; our principals have presented at conferences and workshops. Presentations are tailored to engage the audience and inspire sustainable development.


Regarding requests to visit us: We appreciate the interest in sustainability and have for many years provided home tours to groups and classes. However, our schedule now requires the following policy regarding non-client visitations. We are usually part of a national annual tour of buildings organized by the American Solar Energy Society. At other times, we will consider scheduling groups for visits as a benefit for the Mothers' for Peace. For this we request a donation of $5.00 per person with a minimum participation of 10 visitors, arranged at minimum two weeks in advance. Other buildings with many sustainable features include the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden Center and the Congregation Beth David Synagogue.

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