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Passive Solar Design

Passive Solar Design - Making the Most of Nature's Energy Passive solar design is foundational to the way we approach home building. In a city like Santa Fe, passive solar design can have a massive impact on the efficiency and sustainability of your home. How does Palo Santo Designs incorporate passive solar design into its [...]

Palo Santo Designs on Parade

With the 2016 Olympic Games still in full swing, it’s worth remembering the idea that athletes compete at their best when they’re performing in an arena that includes the most skilled opponents. At Palo Santo Designs, we are proud to be among a community that represents some of the nation’s most talented architects, designers and [...]

New to Santa Fe? Here Are 7 Great Things To Do

Santa Fe is filled with exciting things to do. Did you just move to town? Are you visiting for the weekend? Today, we’re highlighting 7 great things to do when you’re new to Santa Fe, New Mexico. 1) Soak Up Culture on Canyon Road For most Santa Fe visitors, Canyon Road is the first and [...]

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What is the LEED Program for Home Building?

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is creating a whole new generation of homes across America. Discover how LEED is inspiring homebuilders – and benefiting homeowners – across Santa Fe, New Mexico. What is LEED? The LEED program is a third-party verification system for green homes. When a building is LEED-certified, it means [...]

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Radiating Energy Efficiency in Our Santa Fe Homes

At Palo Santo Designs, we pride ourselves on designing some of the greenest, most efficient and luxurious homes in Santa Fe. That’s why we often incorporate in-slab radiant heating and cooling systems into so many of our projects. A study by the New Buildings Institute found nearly half of the nation’s commercial net-zero energy buildings – [...]

The WERS Rating and How It’s Helping Our Homes Save Water

A group of green home builders in New Mexico recently created the WERS rating, a water conservation standard designed to help homes save water. What is the WERS rating and what does it mean for homebuyers? Let’s take a closer look. What is the WERS Rating? WERS stands for Water Efficiency Rating Score. It’s a [...]

Green Home Building in Santa Fe

As a design-build firm in Santa Fe, we are proud to be among a progressive community of conscientious builders devoted to the most sustainable residential development possible. Many of our projects in Santa Fe have passed the rigorous scrutiny of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program, the nation’s most recognized brand in green building. With [...]

9 Things to Know About Settling in Santa Fe

Are you moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico? There’s a reason they call us “The City Different”: life’s a little different here. Maybe it’s the high altitude or the rich cultural heritage. Or maybe it’s just the jaw-dropping scenery around our city. Whatever it is that makes Santa Fe different, we’re truly living in the [...]

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How Rain Catchment Saves Water for a Home

How does rain catchment work and how does it save water for your home? Today, we’re explaining everything you need to know about the benefits of rain catchment, how it works and how Palo Santo Designs can design and build a new Santa Fe home with this water conserving system or retrofit a current home. [...]

Santa Fe Home Showcases Best of Green Building & Design

Innovations in architectural design strategies are contributing considerably toward helping create a new world, meeting both resource conservation needs and the demands of a rapidly shifting marketplace. As mentioned in previous blogs, buildings account for the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, which makes the task of creating a more energy-efficient built environment crucial. [...]