Newsletter November 2019

Blower door testing done by Evergreen Certified. We are thrilled to announce that this DADU surpassed WA state energy code (2015) by 43.9% when modeled against small units (units up to 1500 SF.)  This is a BuiltGreen 5 Star Verified project! Here’s the six month update and what’s inside: City of Tacoma Urban Infill Pilot […]

City of Tacoma + Brett Marlo Design Build BuiltGreen DADU tour

  Central Tacoma BuiltGreen DADU This Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit was awarded a slot in the City of Tacoma’s Urban Infill Pilot Program with its small footprint, healthy and accessible design by Brett Marlo Design Build. We are thrilled to announce that this DADU surpassed WA state energy code (2015) by 43.9% when modeled against […]

affordable tacoma 10 x 10

Come see Brett present at Affordable Tacoma 10 x 10!   Let’s talk affordable, adaptable alternative housing! YES, size does matter. This 10×10 journey begins with pizza, beer and tiny houses on wheels, then moves into specifics on the City of Tacoma Urban Infill Pilot Program, DADUs, BuiltGreen Certification and Cottage Housing. And YES again, […]

Newsletter April 2019

A Thank You note from Brett: It’s been a year. Some really great stuff, and well, some not-so-great stuff. Let’s get the awful aired. Last week someone I greatly respect and adore died, Patti Southard. The news was surprising and crushing. She continually inspired, mentored and gave her energy and knowledge with amazing generosity. She […]

Local changemakers part 2

Local changemakers part 2 By Brett Marlo DeSantis  January 2019 Call them what you’d like: changemakers, system-buckers, truth seekers, or simply those who walk-the-talk. Acccording to William Dayton, founder of Ashoka: The job of the pattern-change social entrepreneur is to recognize whenever a part of society is stuck in an inefficient or harmful pattern, to […]

Local changemakers

Local changemakers part 1 By Brett Marlo DeSantis      December 2018 How do we solve tough challenges? Do we even know where to begin? Sometimes we are so busy dealing with the symptoms or consequences of existing systems, ideas and inventions that we fail to see the true source of our problems as well […]

two needs, one deed.

Two needs, one deed. By Brett Marlo DeSantis    September 2018 Photos and thank you cards courtesy of PSD In a world where skilled laborers are scarce and affordable housing even more so, we must look for multi-faceted solutions. Luckily, some very passionate people in our community started brainstorming possibilities. How can we fill two […]

parks: the bucket list.

Parks: the bucket list. By Brett Marlo DeSantis     August 2018 Recently the National Park Service turned 100 years old. Thankfully the Pacific Northwest boasts many of these outstanding national parks as well as the local ones we hold close to our heart. First, let’s talk bucket list. The Cascadia Bioregion, bordering the Pacific Ocean, […]

Newsletter April 2018

Appreciating AAAHsome Opps  Seriously, we are in April of 2018 already?!! It’s been six months…our apologies for lagging on what is going on in our small footprint world! Let’s start with many HUGE THANKS to those who are spreading the tiny LOVE! The tiny movement IS gaining traction and we are happy to be advocating for affordable, adaptable, […]

beauty + bounty part 2: green roofs

  beauty+bounty part two: green roofs By Brett Marlo DeSantis      March 2018 In part one, urban gardener Sass Ruthven inspired us to consider collective neighborhood farming. Growing local eats helps to solve many of our current issues by increasing our access to affordable, healthy organic food, bringing neighbors and community together, teaching skills […]