Hello, I’m Janet Dows.

I’ve worked in architecture in Santa Cruz county since 1979; as a licensed architect since 1993. I hold the LEED-AP credential, am a Certified Green Building Professional, and am committed to continue learning about how to make beautiful buildings which are very energy efficient. I have recently become certified as a BPI Building Analyst, focusing on measuring and improving building performance, using tools to measure building air leakage and combustion safety.

We specialize in…

  • Green Building Design

  • Residential Architecture

  • Accessory Dwelling Unit Design


In fall of 2012 I completed a 4 part Building Performance course offered through the California Building Performance Contractors Association, and became certified as a BPI Building Analyst after passing a field exam and a written test.


United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
LEED is a green building certification system, created by the USGBC in 2000.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  As a LEED AP BD+C, I have passed a wide-ranging  exam on green building principles, and am an Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction. 

BUILD IT GREEN – Certified Green Building Professional

“Build It Green is a membership supported non-profit organization whose mission is to promote healthy, energy- and resource-efficient homes in California.”  I have completed their basic and advanced green building and whole house analysis trainings.

Their courses present a “Whole-Systems” approach, addressing how homes fit into their community, their energy and water use, durability, efficient use of resources, and indoor environmental quality.  They discuss both new and existing homes and emphasize  thoughtful and high quality design and construction.

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