For more than ten years, we've made a name for ourselves as leaders in affordable green design and construction in Rhode Island and southern New England. As green building goes mainstream, the products, details, and best practices are constantly evolving. As tireless innovators, we're also constantly experimenting with different building assemblies and incorporating new products based on the latest research in building science. What we've learned over the past ten years is that there is no silver bullet and each project requires a specific approach that takes into account the unique characteristics of the building and site and the wishes of the client.
We also strive to make every project come in at a reasonable cost. We work closely with builders from the earliest stages of design to reduce changes at the time of construction. We find this approach allows us to create high performance buildings while being able to avoid additional costs and budget overrides. With thoughtful planning and design, we've proven that “green” doesn't have to cost more.
In the end, however, what our clients say they like most like about our projects are the simple design moves that make each building appealing and comfortable. We are serious about green, healthy and affordable buildings, but we are passionate about design. After all, good design is the key to optimizing the value of any property.
We love cities and urban design and we have a soft spot for designing in abandoned or underutilized city lots. Part of "sustainability on all fronts" philosophy, urban infill requires wrestling with a series of constraints, from soil contamination and decaying utilities to "fitting in" with the existing fabric of the neighborhood. thinking through many constraints, from soil contamination and decaying utilities to to "fitting into" the existing fabric of the neighborhood. At Truth Box, we specialize in maximizing the potential of challenging urban sites.
In 2004, Truth Box began building experience as leaders in sustainable, green development. Working as developers in conjunction with our architectural practice has enabled us to enact a vision for sustainable communities and sustainable building practices and to establish this as a viable and profitable approach to development. After ten years, we have a diverse portfolio of development projects including mill building renovations, new mixed-use buildings, and single family homes.
Why the focus on green building and development? Green building practices result in buildings that are more comfortable, have lower utility bills, and improved indoor air quality. We have found that with careful planning overall construction costs for green buildings can be equivalent to conventional building costs. For example, while we spend more money on our walls and roof assemblies by including with more insulation, obsessive air-sealing, and and higher performance windows, we end up spending much less on heating and cooling systems. Surveys of the built environment suggest that green buildings enjoy a 15% increase in value over their conventional counterparts and that this will likely increase as energy prices rise over time.
To us, it's a no-brainer: go green every time.
Truth Box regularly partners with D&P Real Estate to provide design/build services all from the same office. With equal parts architects, developers, designers, builders, and construction managers, our team comprises a cross-disciplinary group of design and development professionals interested in finding new models for building sustainable, energy-efficient buildings.
Peter Gill Case
The founder and fearless leader of Truth Box, Mr. Case received his Masters in Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and his undergraduate degree from Brown University in Urban Studies. Throughout his career, Mr. Case has built an architectural practice around a broad definition of sustainable design. In some instances, this has led to the adaptive re-use of older buildings and large-scale mill buildings. In other instances, this has translated into using alternative building materials and strategies such as straw bale homes, passive solar design, structural insulated panels, and even shipping containers. Mr. Case began sustainable development work in 2004 in order demonstrate to a variety of markets that green, conscientious design enhances the revenue and balance sheet of real estate ventures, without necessarily costing more than conventional building.
The newest member of the team, Rob is the behind-the-scenes guy pulling together the drawing sets, working with the building inspector, wading through the building science literature, updating the website, and generally trying to keep up with the other two. With a Masters of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a B.A. from Cornell University, Rob is primarily an architectural designer committed to green building and balancing solid building science with sensitive, site-specific architecture. After graduating, he spent a couple years cutting his teeth on a variety of energy efficient residential and light-commercial projects with Stempel Form Architects in southwest Utah. After returning to Rhode Island and not being satisfied merely sitting behind a computer all day, Rob took the plunge and joined Truth Box in the fall of 2013.
Jordan is the founder of D+P Real Estate and our most frequent collaborator on development and construction projects. A true jack-of-all trades, Jordan is a real estate developer, designer, and builder with a uniquely comprehensive approach to executing real estate projects and investments. Jordan founded D+P Real Estate in 2006 with the mission of building a real estate company committed to sustainable design and urban revitalization, and integrating construction management with development. Jordan earned his Master in Urban Planning with a concentration in Real Estate and Urban Development from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He received his BA in Sociology and Economics from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and is actively involved in community planning with the Summit Neighborhood Association on the East Side of Providence where he lives with his wife and son.
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Truth Box Inc.
460 Harris Ave. Unit 104
Providence, RI 02909