Design for Sustainability

San Luis Sustainability Group

Founded in 1976, San Luis Sustainability Group has implemented sustainable design for over 40 years. Our climate responsive designs harness natural energy flows and capture valuable resources to create resilient solutions to the built environment.

Sustainable design helps human development and construction practices become beneficial, rather than destructive to our communities, climate and the environment.

Architectural Design & Green Retrofits

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.

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 graywater, rainwater harvesting and composting toilets to create low impact developments.

Decarbonize with Green Buildings

The Green Build solution to decarbonization…

Recent Developments

Straw Bale Homes Resist Wildfires

Straw bale homes show promise in fire protection, earthquake safety

Wildfires and Straw Bale Construction: Four Case Studies From California

Fire Resistive Strawbale Walls Survive North Bay Fires

While architects and builders have known for years that the strawbale walls of their buildings have superior fire-resistance, several examples of homes surviving recent wildfires bear further evidence of this quality. READ MORE

Waterman Peace Village | City of San Luis Obispo

Waterman Peace Village would rehab old SLO adobe, add art studio and tiny-home village READ MORE

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Conservation and Education efforts

Featured Projects

Residential

Passive Solar

N. San Luis Obispo County

Residential

Passive Solar

Atascadero, CA

Assembly

Architecture

San Luis Obispo, CA

Residential

Passive Solar

Los Osos, CA

Residential

Passive Solar

Paso Robles, CA

Co-housing Community

Architecture

Oceano, CA

Residential

Passive Solar

Three Rivers, CA

Residential

Passive Solar

Paso Robles, CA

Co-housing Community

Architecture

Oceano, CA

Let's Build Something

We would love to talk to you about your project and discuss sustainable options to meet your needs.

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