Our History


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Blue Ridge Energy Systems was founded in 1977 by Robin Woodward to address the emerging need for energy conservation in residential construction. Robin made his start in the industry building and installing solar water heating systems and woodstoves, and quickly began building energy efficient homes.Through hard work, attention to detail, and a focus on energy usage and systems development, Blue Ridge Energy Systems was building “green” before “green” was cool. At that time we referred to it as “super-insulated construction.”


We take an economic approach to green building – we keep our building costs comparable to conventional building, keep our homes’ energy costs to a minimum (about $200 per year for heating and cooling a 3,500 sf house), and we use the most durable materials available so our homes are both environmentally and financially sustainable.

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