Meadowlark Builders, an Ann Arbor-based green design/build custom home builder and remodeler, has purchased two electric hybrid vehicles to add to their existing fleet of fuel-efficient models. In addition – five Meadowlark employees own electric, hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles for their daily commutes to the Meadowlark offices on West Liberty Road.
Doug Selby, Meadowlark President/CEO and Ford Focus EV owner says that he “loves that our parking lot at work is filled with fuel-efficient vehicles. These vehicles illustrate both our company’s and our employees’ commitment to becoming more resource efficient in our daily lives. We tout walking lighter on the earth to our clients, so I feel strongly about practicing what we preach in our personal lives as well. We don’t just come to work and put on our ‘green’ hats and then leave them at work…we wear them all the time.”
This fleet of cars adds to the resource-efficient culture deeply embedded at Meadowlark. Their office building is a work-in-progress but owners Selby and Kirk Brandon have big plans for the building that was formerly a schoolhouse built in 1874. “In our almost three years in the building we have done many upgrades to the structure…most of which are energy or resource-efficient projects. We would like to show that even historic buildings can be made more efficient,” Selby adds. The list of projects has included everything from spray foam insulation in the roof of the schoolhouse, to reclaiming the original ceiling joists and using them for flooring. There are many more items in the plans for the building and the surrounding area. The goal is to become a building that not only produces more energy than it uses, but also to become a living building that restores the environment around it.
Selby adds: “I hope that in the future there can be solar powered charging stations at the office so all of us who own electric vehicles can plug in using the sun to power our commutes.”
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Meadowlark Builders combines artful finishes with the best in building science to create quality homes that are healthy, comfortable and energy-efficient. Based in Ann Arbor, we are a nationally recognized green design/build contractor with an extensive experience in advance building systems. New home or old, we set the standard for sustainable craftsmanship and superior customer service.
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