Alarife (ah lah ree fay) – Old Spanish Moorish term used to describe a professional individual that specializes in both the design and building of architecture.
The architecture and building firm of ALARIFE pllc, led by Eugen Logan Wagner PhD AIA, and a team of artists and artisans, uses traditional trades, crafts and tools to restore existing historic buildings, designs and builds modern, sustainable hand crafted architecture. Many of the buildings use rammed earth, adobe, stone, and stucco instead of conventional-walled structures.
Our work can transform your home into a beautiful new living space.
- Room Additions
- Bathrooms and Kitchens
- Interior Remodeling
- Outdoor Living
- Exquisite trim work
- Beautiful custom cabinetry
- Maintenance, Repairs, and Small Jobs
Focus on Green Building, including indoor air quality, & energy efficiency
In 1991, Austin Energy® Green Building® (AEGB) developed the first city-wide rating system in the U.S for evaluating the sustainability of buildings. The AEGB rating system served as a model for many other cities as well as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification system. For more than 20 years, AEGB has lead the building industry to a sustainable future with green building ratings, consulting services, code advancement, professional development and public education. Austin Energy Green Building helps professionals in the building industry raise the standards for site development, energy efficiency, water quality and conservation, indoor environmental air quality, material resources, social equity and education.
The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, established in 1975, is a non-profit education, research, and demonstration organization specializing in life cycle planning and design. We undertake projects based on their potential contribution to site, regional and global sustainability and human health, and actively pursue collaborations with associate organizations, businesses and professional firms through protocols, prototypes, and policies.
Projects emphasize regional contexts as bases for responsible resource use relative to materials, energy, water, waste, food, and meaningful employment. Our expertise is accessible through green building, planning and design services, conference presentations, public lectures, and published papers.
Since 1982, Ralph Smoot and his son Conrad have built 75 underground and concrete homes in 7 states. Some are designed so that they are partially or totally underground. Others are completely on the surface, but look almost indistinguishable from conventional homes. They resist the elements in ways most homes never can, and compare well in price.
These homes result in savings unheard of in any other type of building. These homes benefit your health and security like no other structure can or has. Some concrete homes are over 5,000 years old.
Concrete homes are: Termite Proof • Fire Resistant • Tornado Resistant • Hurricane Resistant