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Palo Santo Designs Llc

USGBC member

2356 Fox Road
Suite 200
Santa Fe, NM 87507


Service area: 200 miles

Service Area: Palo Santo Designs LLC provides construction services throughout New Mexico and Colorado. Our design and consulting services have no geographic constraint and have served at the global level for international agencies recently.


Palo Santo Designs LLC is an award winning design/build general contractor based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our mission is to provide environmentally sound construction of the highest quality and value in alignment with the budget constraints and project goals set out by our clients. We specialize in home-building and remodeling utilizing state-of-the-art methods, technology and materials for energy efficiency, passive solar design, water conservation, site stewardship and indoor air quality.

We are unique in our expertise in leveraging cutting edge innovations in green building along with time-tested traditional, natural building materials and techniques. This is exemplified in our design and construction of LEED for Homes certified projects which incorporate the use of low cost passive solar techniques, ultra-high efficiency building shell materials and methods, traditional earthen materials (such as adobe, pumice-crete, straw-bale and clay plasters) and advanced solar technology. This approach is a testament to how green is attainable on any budget and in harmony with the aesthetics of contemporary design.

Palo Santo Designs was the winner of the 2011 USGBC-NM's Green Built Tour award for “Exemplary Indoor Environmental Quality” which marks the culmination of a decade of work in sustainable design. Many of our past projects have gained acclaim from local and national media over the years.


Palo Santo Designs has been engaged in the design and construction of green homes, additions and remodel since its inception in 2001. 100% of our projects are green in nature, and strive to incorporate as many cost effective strategies to reduce the environmental impact of building as feasible. Palo Santo Designs completed its first LEED for Homes certified project (at the Gold Level) in 2010. Our second LEED for Homes project is currently pending certification at the Platinum level, and we have two additional LEED for Homes projects about to be registered for construction in late 2011.


Mark Giorgetti is the president of Palo Santo Designs LLC. He is a LEED AP since 2008 and a licensed contractor. Furthermore, he holds a Master’s Degree in Climate Change and Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh, UK (a joint degree through the University’s Business School and School of Geosciences) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from the University of New Hampshire, USA. Professionally, he has over 15 years experience in the inter-related fields of clean energy and energy efficiency as a technical expert, consultant and contractor in the United States.
Mark has authored several published writings on issues relative to energy and climate change policy, and is a prominent small business leader in his community. His unique commitment to building a sustainable future has driven Palo Santo Designs to buck the trends of a declining housing market, demonstrating growth rates recognized with awards.
Since 2009, Mark has also been working as an international consultant on issues at the nexus of sustainable development and climate change. He recently completed a high level professional consultancy to the United Nations (UN-HABITAT) regarding the use of sustainable building techniques and materials for affordable housing as a component of comprehensive climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for developing nations. His extensive experience in green construction, design and management, combined with his advanced education in climate change and carbon management serves as the backdrop to this current work.

The mission of Palo Santo Designs is to provide sustainability expertise for building projects that focus on the integration of proven building methods with state of the art techniques and technologies that assure maximum energy efficiency, water conservation, environmental stewardship and comfort.

Our business model is one that consistently delivers high quality results in the design and construction of projects which are socially responsible, cost effective and environmentally sound.

U.S. Green Building Council Member
U.S. Green Building Council Member

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