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Ben Obregon Architect

13429 Overland Pass
Austin, TX 78738

512-263-0177

http://www.SustainableDesignCenter.com

Service area: 200 miles

Service Area: We have worked on projects throughout the Southeastern, Southwestern and Western states from Florida, through Texas, and Arizona to California

Services

We provide bio-regionally appropriate residential and commercial design and consulting services specializing in passive solar heating, cooling and natural ventilation techniques.

Experience

PUBLICATIONS, HONORS AND AWARDS

-Building Innovation in Homeownership Award; presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on behalf of the National Partners in Homeownership. 1996 Habitat for Humanity Straw Bale Home Tucson (Construction supervisor)
-Four Star Rating - Austin Green Building Program – 1998 Aronow-Obregon Residence (Architect, Owner, Builder) Austin’s first 4 star rated home
-Five Star Rating - Austin Green Building Program - 2000 Aronow-Obregon Residence (Architect, Owner, Builder) Austin’s first 5 star rated home
-Three Star Rating-Austin green Building program-2006 Shomos Residence (Architect)
-Five Star Rating – Austin Green Building Program-2008 Small Residence (Architect)
-Five Star Rating – Austin Green Building Program-2011 Wylie Residence (Architect)
-Five Star Rating – Austin Green Building Program-2011 Denison Residence (Architect)
-Five Star Rating – Austin Green Building Program-2012 Rainey Residence (Architect) Austin's 10,000th Green Builder Rating http://www.zeronethouse.com/
-Austin Monthly Magazine, “The Green Issue”– (see Schultz Habitable Barn) April 2007
-Austin Construction Magazine. Interview – June 2007
-Austin American Statesman, Interview in the article “Those in straw houses” August 2007
-The Good Life Magazine, Article in Shelter section “What is Green Building?” October 2007
-Austin American Statesman. Article regarding the Small Residence, July 2010
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS & ACTIVITIES
- City of Austin Green Building Program - member since 1994
- 1996 Green Builder Conference, Austin Texas - planning committee, coordinator of activities for S.B.A.T. Speaker on local straw bale construction activities, organizer and moderator of roundtable discussion “Green Building, Where are our Ecological Footprints Leading?”
- Straw Bale Association of Texas (S.B.A.T.) - founding member, code committee member, activities committee member, miscellaneous presentations regarding straw bale construction
- C.O.A. Straw Bale Code-Committee Chairman - committee organization (with input from the COA Green Building Program), research, assimilation and organization of information regarding existing codes and testing, record keeper, facilitator, spokesperson at Fire and Code Board meetings 1996, 1997
- 1998 Planning Summit for Sustainability in the Building Codes, Hesperia California - Steering committee member
- 2000-2005 Renewable Energy Roundup, Fredericksburg, Texas – Speaker
- 2006 ASTM 119 Full Scale Fire Test for Straw Bale Walls, San Antonio, Texas – Team Member
- 2006 International Straw Bale Building Conference, Lakefield Ontario - Speaker
- 2007 Renewable Energy Roundup, Fredericksburg, Texas - Speaker
- 2007 Natural Building Colloquium Texas, Kerrville Texas – Speaker
- 2009-2013 City of Austin Green Builder Program Contractor’s Education Lecture Series, Austin Texas-Speaker

Qualifications

Ben Obregon has been actively involved with Sustainable, green architecture and Natural Building since working as the staff Architect for the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in 1992