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Not into tofu?  Get your daily dose of soybeans with innovative locally-produced insulation

The beauty of this blog is that we can show you parts of the design and construction process that the folks who live here will never see. One of those cool things is our insulation.
As part of our commitment to green building, we are insulating all the flats at ECO using a product with Northwest Arkansas roots. It’s not flashy, but the insulation that we are using to seal the exterior walls will keep ECO interiors comfortable and quiet. BioBased Insulation is a product of Fayetteville’s BioBased Technologies. With BioBased Insulation, we bumped up the insulative value at ECO to R-24. Not only does this insulation reduce the demand for heating and air conditioning, it also seals against outside noise.


Meet the Architect

Chris Baribeau of modus studio is the architect for ECO.  After studying architecture at the University of Arkansas, he worked for the acclaimed architecture firm Marlon Blackwell Architect.  In 2008, he and Josh Siebert founded modus studio.  They were joined this year by Jason Wright.  With the help of designers David McElyea, Austin Chatelain and Chris Lankford, the firm has designed environmentally sensitive projects from homes and schools to an airport terminal and an orphanage in Africa.  We asked Chris to tell us a little more about modus and the vision for ECO.


Locally Grown, Fully Loaded, Low-Emissions… Apartments

We’ve all been there. When it’s time to buy, we read up. From cars to granola bars, we study reviews and read the labels. We carefully compare quality, price, environmental impact, and the look and feel of each item before making our choice. When we search for a place to live, the tables are turned. So often, we sacrifice style for lower cost. We sacrifice quality for location. And when it comes to the environmental impact of our housing, we try not to think about it. We usually don’t have the information we need to make an informed decision, and custom-designed “green” housing usually expensive and out of reach. Finally, there is a better choice.


Smart Energy Saving Design at ECO

At ECO, we’re combining cutting-edge technologies and low-tech solutions to save energy while creating a comfortable, beautiful place to live.  Here are a few of our strategies for reducing energy use:

HOT WATER FROM THE SUN You might not notice the hardworking, sleek little units on the roof, but this innovative solar hot water system will meet at least 75% of your hot water needs.

GRANDMA’S FRONT PORCH REDUX Grandma planted a trellis with flowering vines to keep her front porch cool in the summer heat.  We’ve given her idea a modern twist—living screens covered in climbing vines will shade buildings from the afternoon rays of the summer sun.