Hobbs’ Ink has been involved in “Green Building” since before it was called “Green Building”. Back then all the literature you could get on it was a newsletter put out by Texas A & M that addressed energy efficiency. Because of that helpful newsletter Janet was one of the first voices in Austin advocating abandoning the vapor barrier element in wall systems that caused mold and destroyed indoor air quality.
Our first rainwater catchment system was designed using (new) septic tanks for cisterns because that was what was available in those days; there weren’t entire systems already pre-packaged for collecting and treating rainwater.
In the mid-90’s she worked on the “House of the Future” in Dallas that had solar panels that mimicked and integrated with roof shingles, along with a lot of other “green” strategies. A few years ago one of her homes was featured on the “Cool House Tour” sponsored by the Texas Solar Energy Society and Austin Green Building Program. Proper compass orientation has always been the most important passive solar energy saving strategy, not to mention giving a home the best natural light and taking advantage of the prevailing breezes here in Central Texas – all strategies employed by Hobbs’ Ink before “daylighting” was talked about in all the magazines.
Old enough to actually remember the first “Earth Day”, Janet has always tried to be a good steward for the planet and to design homes that could be built responsibly with that in mind. While she doesn’t treat her clients as guinea pigs and immediately adopt the latest strategy being touted by every self appointed green building guru, she does try to stay current on new technologies and to guide her clients through to an overall solution that is responsible energy-wise, without breaking their budgets and without making them slaves to their technology (as can happen with homes that are too cutting edge.)