Mike is now our LEED guy…

Mike Tranfro

Mike Tranfro

I had heard about this, so I asked Mike Tranfro to send me over a bit about what being a LEED guy meant – here’s more from a press release they made for him:

Michael Tranfo, Friday Harbor Architect, recently passed the Leadership in Energy and Environ-mental Design (LEED) examination to become a LEED Accredited Professional. The certification, administered through the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to suc-cessfully steward the LEED Certification process.

LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED AP) have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Green Building Rating System.

He is the first architect in the county with these credentials. Michael has been designing homes for almost thirty years, and is the sole practitioner at Michael Tranfo Architects LLC a full service architectural firm located for the last fifteen years on San Juan Island, Washington.

That was cool, so I asked him what he’s done here on the island, and a little bit about his experience. Here’s what he says:

Twenty-eight years ago I designed and built my first super-insulated house in Nome, Alaska and lived there for ten years. It was an extremely cold place. Thermodynamics has not changed much over the years but it has become a lot more fashionable.
Since that time, I have maintained a busy architectural office as a sole practitioner focused pri-marily on private, high performance residential projects in cold climates, principally in Alaska, Vermont and Washington.

Other projects range from small pro-bono community-use buildings for the local athletic association to international projects in Nepal and Egypt. Two of my residential projects in Vermont, an area with a rich architectural heritage, were selected as the Home of the Year.

To date, thirty-eight of my projects have been completed and four are underway. On sixteen of the finished projects I was the lead carpenter. This experience has influenced me to design buildings that are practical to build, strong and warm.

For the last fifteen years my office has been located on San Juan Island in Washington State. My small practice offers clients personal attention, a full array of professional design services, an uncommon set of both building and design skills, and almost three decades of experience.

Posted on August 5, 2009 at 7:40 am by

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