has been the architect for the projects at MCD since 1995 and has found the work on this site to be particularly challenging and rewarding. In addition to the synthesis of design, materials and energy efficiency, Janice has had the opportunity to co-conduct several workdays for volunteer labor, emphasizing sustainable materials and responsible building techniques.
A registered architect in the State of New Mexico, Janice finds her favorite projects are those that integrate regional architectural styles with sustainable and alternative materials. She especially enjoys the challenge of combining these concepts into well designed affordable housing. This thinking prompted her to join the Straw Bale Construction Association in it's infancy, and she was active in getting straw bale construction incorporated into the New Mexico Building Code.
spent six years designing spaceflight instruments before moving over to the renewable energy field in 1993. (It's not as big a leap as you might think, since satellites are nearly always solar powered.) After several years developing micro-hydroelectric power systems, Mark moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and opened Sardella Solar Consulting, focusing on the design of photovoltaic power systems and solar water heating systems. He has been the renewable energy consultant on MCD projects since 1997.
Mark is the Secretary of the New Mexico Solar Energy Industries Association, and from this position he is assisting the effort to bring solar tax credits back to New Mexico. Mark is also negotiating an agreement with the local electric utility that will facilitate and encourage the interconnection of small solar electric systems to the power grid.