Sustainability

October 7, 2017

MLive Article: This super-efficient house cost less than $200 to operate all summer long

Thanks to MLive and Jim Harger for writing and sharing this story about one of our residential projects: Deer Haven Residence. See images and project information.

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, MI - Architect Evan Mathison can go on for hours about all of the features he has packed into the sustainable house he designed for his family. Some are esoteric details that only architects will comprehend.

Here's one that everyone who pays the bills can understand: Mathison's utility bills totaled only $193 in the four months between May and September this year. That includes air conditioning, cooking, laundry and hot water for a family of five.

LEED-platinum certification - the highest rating possible -- is pending for the house, says Mathison, a principal with Mathison | Mathison Architects, a firm he founded with his father, Tom Mathison.

It could cost even less in the future, says Mathison, who completed the house last year. They are still learning how to take advantage of its green roof, solar electrical panels, geo-thermal heating and cooling system and triple-paned European windows.

February 11, 2017

MLive: This super-efficient home blends mid-century modern architecture

Thanks to MLive and Jim Harger for another great article!

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Architect Evan Mathison and builder Matt Reinsma have combined the best of mid-century modern design and the latest in energy efficiency in the home they created for Todd and Kelli Mulderink.

The decor may hearken back to the 1950s, but the methods and materials used to build the five-bedroom house are among latest advancements in sustainable design.

September 12, 2016

Talking about Sustainable Design with Eric Hughes of Image Design

Whether the project is commercial, residential or institutional, there is growing interest and passion about green, sustainable, energy-conscious design strategies.  For MMA, our clients are drawn to projects that are not only modern, but also connected to and responsible for the natural environment and healthy, livable communities. 

Our focus on sustainability is shared by fellow-architect and MMA friend Eric Hughes of Image Design, who joined us for an open in-house discussion about the importance of sustainable design and practical applications for achieving energy-efficiency in every project.

September 6, 2016

Hudson Valley Residence Project Design

Our "In-Progress Work" page is being continuously updated with residential, commercial, civic and educational projects that we are currently working on.

Most recently we added a Hudson Valley Residence project. Located in Craryville, NY, the design features a cantilevered addition over the original structure to take full advantage of the mountain views. Stay tuned for more information about this fun and interesting project!

May 24, 2016

How Sustainable Should Your Space Be?

MMA Talks with Scott Branc of New Urban Home Builders

We invited our partner Scott Branc, Principal of New Urban Home Builders for an MMA Talk. We’re currently working together on a large scale, modern renovation project in Kalamazoo. See more about that project.

Scott is an engineer by education and he described the fundamentals of his work as: building science, high performance construction and a passion for architecture.

Our conversation focused on finding the right level of sustainability for each project and each client, based on a common approach that seeks the right balance of materials and performance characteristics for each individual client and project. The challenge lies in identifying the best balance for each individual and project. …

May 3, 2016

Happy Window Reveal Party at “In Progress” EGR Residence

Happy Window Reveal to one of our special clients whose home construction is moving along in East Grand Rapids.

Their super energy-efficient custom windows arrived on site last week and they were revealed once installed to the pleased birthday girl with a cake designed by Natty Em's Cake Shop to look like the finished house! Matt Reinsma from Bespoke Homes organized the event and is doing an amazing job on the house.

Follow the progress and view photos of a home under construction in East Grand Rapids at the new "In Progress" page.