Builders Round Table
Facilitated by: Sarah Brown, Green Alliance
Bruss Construction, Inc.
Green Alliance Project Director
Sarah Brown has been an environmental advocate in her community for the last 12
years, before that she worked as a journalist in Moscow, Russia and in NYC. She
served on Town Council and the ZBA as well as created Kittery Progressive Action, a
community action coalition and St. John's Stewardship of the Earth Committee.
Brown spear-headed Cool Kittery which regrouped to become Kittery's current
Energy Advisory Committee.
Brown created the Green Alliance in 2009; a unique Green
Business Union that operates as a dedicated Sustainability
Coordinator and a dedicated PR firm for 85 NH green
businesses and is also a green consumer co-op for 1,600
individual members. The GA’s mission is to increase the
profits of the businesses that are having the least impact on
the environment and through sustainability Certification and
guerilla PR coupled with “Business-to-Business” Mentoring
and strength in partnership, encourage more sustainable
business practices. The Green Alliance engages in effective
story-telling that serves to educate and influence the public to
think more about the goods and services they use and
encourage encourage more sustainable choices.
Company Name: Bruss Construction, Inc.
Year Established: 1993
Brief Bio: Michael Bruss LEED AP, quality builder,
has 35 years of experience in the construction business
and is the founder and president of Bruss Construction,
based in Bradford, NH. He has extensive experience in
green building technologies and the adaptive reuse of
historic structures. Michael is very knowledgeable with the US Green Building
Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification
program. In 2003 Bruss constructed the FIRST LEED certified structure in the
northeast for the Society for the Protection of NH Forests and recently achieved the
FIRST Platinum Certification for a Single Family Residence in New Hampshire.
Michael is on the Board of Directors of the NH Preservation Alliance and has
participated in many panel discussions on green building technologies throughout
Number of Homes Built to Date: 50+
Number of Green Homes Certified: 4 Homes Certified,
5 Homes Built To Certification Standards but not certified
Phillips Exeter Academy
Two Faculty Housing Units ~ LEED Gold
Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm
First LEED Platinum Single Family
Residence in New Hampshire
Built to LEED Gold Specifications
Cargill Construction CO, LLC.
Year Established: The original
company was formed in 1971.
Brief Bio: Cargill Construction is an
exclusive NH custom home builder,
specializing in primary and vacation
homes throughout the New Hampshire.
We have been building exceptional
homes for over 35 years and are ready
to help create your perfect NH home!
Cargill Construction provides
design/build services, and also works
with outstanding architects, to make
your New Hampshire dream home a
Certified: Emerald award by the NAHBGB.
Total of 728 points.
Year Established: 2006
Number of Homes Built to Date: 12
Number of Green Homes Certified: 2
Shane has been in the real estate and
construction industry for over 15 years in
management & all phases of construction and development. Shane’s passion
began with woodworking, furniture building and building musical instruments.
This passion translates well to the fine homebuilding industry.
A degree in forestry and wildlife biology from UMASS/ Amherst gives Shane a
qualified eye for ecological and environmental awareness as a home builder.
This background is a benefit to Ridgeview clients at the crucial land selection and
development phase of construction.
Committed to continuing education in building science and sustainable
construction techniques, Shane has attained the Certified Green Professional
(CGP) designation from the NAHB. Shane also recently completed the
coursework to become a Certified Passive House Consultant and is looking to
build his first net-zero home very soon.
Certification: HERS Rating 57,
Modeled under NGBS as Gold level