Question

What type of professional should I hire to move from thinking to doing in the construction of a green log/timber home in upstate NY?

Our goal is to combine passive and active solar for heat/energy and water, along with anything else that would make sense within our budget.

Answer

If your goal is to build the most environmentally friendly and healthy residence within your means, I would recommend you hire a licensed architect who is also a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) to develop the most effective and adequate design that incorporates your needs. Your green architect will recommend consultants to hire and show you how to avoid expensive mistakes, how to obtain permits and how to get federal tax rebates and solar subsidies which are varying by state.

Bob Vila explains nicely why you should hire an architect.

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