Emily Boyd grew up surrounded by a community of designers. Her father worked long hours at the College of Design at NC State University in Raleigh, so Emily spent countless hours of her childhood roaming the halls and studios of the Design School. After a break to travel and work on organic farms, Emily attended Appalachian State University and graduated summa cum laude in 2000 with a degree in Appropriate Technology (a.k.a. Green Building). Since then she has continued to work in the construction field in many capacities including as an installer for Sundance Power Systems, a renewable energy company, Client Services Manager for Shelter Technology/Neighborhood Design Build, a mechanical contractor and cohousing community developer, and Contractor Programs Manager and Building Analyst at Vandemusser Design, a home energy rating and green building certification firm. Emily has been a licensed General Contractor in North Carolina since 2005 and is a BPI certified Building Analyst and Building Envelope Professional and Certified Permaculture Designer. She is passionate about both good design and the technical details involved in creating an energy efficient, durable home.
Jeb Boyd's experience in construction began in high school working on framing and landscaping crews in the summer. He also graduated from Appalachian State University in 2000 with a BA in History. Immediately following graduation, Jeb worked in restaurant management quickly transitioning to a successful career in wine and beer sales and sales force management. While maintaining his full time job, Jeb did all the construction on two gut remodels and all the woodworking and cabinetry when Jeb and Emily built their personal home. In early 2015 Jeb left the corporate world to join Mountain Sun where his experience in management comes in handy. He enjoys going to work everyday feeling like he is making a difference in the world by building environmentally friendly and beautiful homes.
We have a talented team of folks from diverse backgrounds working with us both in the office and on our job sites. We couldn't do what we do without them!
Influences and Inspirations...
Emily and Jeb both enjoy studying architecture and keeping up to date with current building technologies. The work of Christopher Alexander, especially The Timeless Way of Building and A Pattern Language, has been hugely influential as has the work of Bill Mollison and the Permaculture Institute.
Other things we like to do...
When not planning, designing and managing construction projects, Jeb and Emily like to spend time gardening, cooking, traveling, hiking, biking, listening to music and otherwise enjoying life with their kids, Liam and Kasey, and dogs, Strummer and Bella.
Click here for a case study of an MSBD Net Zero Home in West Asheville
Click here for an article on Net Zero Homes co-written by Emily
Click here for an article on Shelburne Woods