What would have happened differently had sustainability been a factor one hundred years ago? Would spaces have been fewer and larger to avoid filling a home with more lumber? Would the use of natural gas have come earlier? Would smaller lots have been devised to prepare for the coming of urban density? Who knows?
The above image was shot from Alkai on January 23rd, 2016. It was raining here and there, and it was sunny here and there. It was an amazing day, everywhere. All around Seattle is construction, and some of it is sustainable, and some of it is not.

TULA utilizes sustainable or “green building” design and construction in an effort to use resources more efficiently, while creating healthier and more energy-efficient homes. This method leaves a  lighter footprint on the environment through conservation of resources, while at the same time balancing energy-efficient, cost-effective, low-maintenance products for our construction needs. In other words, green building design involves finding the delicate balance between homebuilding and the sustainable environment.
How far are we looking into the future? Are we even able to look into the future? It seems the future is  landing on Seattle like a crushing rain and the 12th fan is doing his or her best just to keep the ship from rolling over. Amidst the thrust into the future there are things we know and decisions to consider that will have a predictable impact on the children of our children. Maybe we're being poetic here but nobody is going to argue the point.

So it comes down to the choices we make, not just in the materials we build with but how it's done. We have to consider our methods as an object like the bucket of adhesive, or a particular paint. How people build has an impact.

Tula LLC is a certified contractor for the program Rain Wise in Seattle.  In areas throughout Seattle (designated as drainage basins), Tula can help property owners can get up to a 100% reimbursement for beautiful and functional landscaping and rain water cisterns through the Seattle Public Utilities’ and King County’s RainWise program!

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