In the early 2000s, green practices were taking hold in commercial building industries. But we noticed something. There was little talk of sustainability in the residential market.
For Shelter, that was a significant moment.
Our team chose to embrace — and champion — earth-friendly approaches throughout our work. We pledged to create beautiful environments that could save energy, reduce pollution and inspire people. This commitment fueled our designs for one of the first net-zero energy building in the U.S. and the first LEED-H Platinum-certified home in Minnesota. We also received a LEED-H Silver-certification for, of all things, the renovation of a classic Victorian Home. And we’ve helped organizations including Mayflower Church champion the movement to improve aging building stock already in use.
Now, we’ve reached another important moment.
Today’s sustainable design solutions are more wide-ranging — and more crucial — than ever before. As early adopters, we’re well positioned to build on our experience and extend our leadership in this arena.
So, we’re exploring new building methods and materials. We’re incorporating renewable energy systems into our designs. And we’re partnering with clients to create spaces that meet rigorous sustainability standards — including those of the Living Building Challenge. Five main principles guide our thinking around sustainable design:
We welcome all opportunities to help people live and work more sustainably. From the day we opened our doors, that’s been a core component of our mission.