Sustainability, environmental accountability and energy efficiency have always been interwoven with design for Stateline No. 7 Architects, despite practicing in a region where state revenues rely almost entirely on fossil fuel extractions and whose client base is either directly or indirectly affected by extraction industries. For example in 1999, long before it became standard best practice and while the U.S. Green Building Council was still in its infancy, firm principal Lyle Murtha was a yet-to-be-licensed architect with a previous firm and already obsessed with low-tech sustainable strategies in designing the Mobile Concrete building in Mills, Wyoming, with its forward-thinking, environmentally responsible ground source heat pump HVAC system, high fly ash concrete and conservation-minded reuse of salvaged historic steel structural components.

This synthesis of energy efficiency and environmental responsibility combined with preservation has continued on in all projects since firm inception in a “no nonsense” fashion that includes everything from locally sourced building materials and strategic salvage and reuse of demolition items; from sub grade structures that use the earth as insulation to reemployment of historic building mass walls; to LED lighting and cutting edge innovations in HVAC systems like bio fuel energy technologies; and from on-demand water heaters to implementing the first peak shaving energy facility in Casper by exercising the emergency generator to operate during periods of maximum demand on the power grid. Additionally, the number of structures saved and repurposed by the firm represents an immeasurable conservation of resources, not to mention the preservation of our rich history for future generations.
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