Smart Houses are Affordable, Energy Efficient and Durable.

Affordable, because saving energy pays big dividends.

Affordable, because we focus on the essentials and provide smart design strategies.

Affordable, because construction budgets are established and followed.


Energy Efficient, because we've been designing efficient buildings since the 1970's.

Energy Efficient, because we always run the numbers.

Energy Efficient, because we follow up on the performance of our projects.


Durable, because we build it right, with good materials, flashings and detailing.

Durable, because strong, long lasting houses are truely sustainable.

Durable, because we take a lot of pride in our work.


We advise our clients to carefully review the design process by asking lots of questions.   Always ask for documentation on construction and energy costs.  "Show me the numbers!" should be your motto.



Chinese style Solar Greenhouse

 Imagine, as a market gardener, growing fresh, organic food all year in Montana without any fossil fuels. Tomatoes into November and December, new greens starting in February. These off season crops offer higher profit margins because the alternative for consumers is the tired produce in the grocery stores.

The Chinese started developing solar greenhouses in the 1970's and now have over 3 million acres of them.  Their mature design grows vegetables year-round and is energy self sufficient up to the 42nd parallel.

We are currently working with a Montana market gardener to build a commercial solar greenhouse next year. Our goals are to use the Chinese model and proportions but adapt to our local materials and building practices.  We know that the building will have to perform well, but also be inexpensive enough to make the economics work.

Please call or write if you have interest in a similar project.




Jim Baerg Montana Energy+Design
223 S. 5th St.
Livingston, MT 59047