J. Harrison, Architect
J. Harison, Architect
Save the Bay
Philip Merrill Environmental Center
LEED accredited professional
LEED accredited designer
Karen Noonan Environmental Center
Janet Harrison Baugh
Janet Harrison is a registered architect and one of the nation's leading green design consultants. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the
Ms. Harrison established her own firm, J. Harrison, Architects in 1984 to concentrate on the integration of nature and design. The firm specializes in residential, educational, and light commercial facilities with an emphasis on universal design and sustainable building practices including appropriate siting, energy efficient heating, cooling, and lighting, active and passive solar design, and healthy and resource efficient materials. In addition to design services, the firm offers workshops, seminars and consulting on Green Design, and LEED Consulting.
MDOT MBE/DBE Certification No. DOT MBE 01-568
Janet Harrison was the Green Consultant for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's
• Construction Innovation Forum's NOVA Award, 2003
• Business Week/Architectural Record Award, 2001
• Design Excellence,
AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects, 2001
• Governor's Award for Barrier Free Design, in 1997, for the State of
• Lacayo, Richard. "Buildings That Breathe." Time Magazine. 26 Aug. 2002: A36-A37.
• McKee, Bradford. "The Green Machine." Architecture. Feb. 2001: 46-50, 124.
• "The Greenest Office on the Bay." Architectural Record. Aug. 2001: 100-101.
• "7 Signs of Progress: Healthier Buildings." National Geographic. Sept. 2002: 107.
• Forgey, Benjamin. "On the Bay, an Environmental High Tide." The
Originally an old barn, this facility serves as the kitchen, dining hall, classroom, and meeting space for up to 50 overnight guests on environmental field trips. The center is located on an island in the
It is heated with both passive and active solar heating. There is a greenhouse which serves as a sunspace and solar panels which then run the heated water through a radiant concrete floor. The domestic hot water is also heated by solar panels.
Materials and Resouces:
• Reuse existing building
• Recycling cabinets
• Reclaimed lumber
• Reclaimed pickle barrel
• Rainwater cistern
• Natural linoleum
• Mexican tiles
• Gray water system
• Composting toilet
• Tangier Sound,
• J. Harrison, Architect for renovation
• George, Miles & Buhr, A/E
• J. Harrison, Green Consultant
• Bishop's Head,
• J. Harrison, Architect
Philip Merrill Environmental Center
• Smithgroup, Architect
• J. Harrison, Green Consultant
Reduce your environmental footprint.
Reduce your energy expenses.
Janet Harrison can help you bring your project into harmony with the earth by using natural materials and balancing natural rhythms.
Strategic shading and fine-tuned glazing can reduce the need for air conditioning in the summer while allowing sunlight to warm the space in winter.
Natural daylighting can reduce the need for electric lights, reducing the waste heat, thereby reducing the need for air conditioning.
These are just a few examples of strategies to make your project more sustainable and energy efficient, bringing it into balance with the natural world.
We can work with both new and old buildings, commercial and residential, and visible and invisible systems. Full architectural design services are available, but we are also able to work with your existing architect or design.
A complete renovation and addition to an old summer cottage, this house was built with superb craftsmanship by Dan Goodman.
Completely off the grid, Fox Island Lodge is a true Zero Energy House.
Photovoltaic panels provide power for an energy efficient refrigerator and fluorescent lighting. Water is provided by pedal power, courtesy of an old bicycle hooked up to the well pump. Waste is handled with a composting toilet, grey water system, and built in recycling bins.
Built in 1929 as a hunting lodge, it was renovated in 1978 for use as an education center and once again after Hurricane Isabel in 2003.
This lodge provides an ideal platform for teaching the 'small planet' concept to students on CBF's environmental education field trips. Students are able to get in touch with nature, hearing the sound of waves and the swallows which nest under the building
This outdoor education center was designed as a model of sustainable building, with environmentally responsible material choices and energy efficient strategies. Originally an old hunting lodge, it has been renovated by a national environmental organization to house 25 students and teachers on overnight field trips, with sleeping, cooking, eating, and classroom space. It was designed to nurture an appreciation and respect for the environment in the field trip participants.
The building serves as a lesson in sustainability, showing many different strategies for saving materials and saving energy
• Reduce the need for fuel
• Use renewable fuel sources
• Reuse Materials
• Use natural materials and avoid toxins
• Protect habitat and ecosystems
• Water Quality .
LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Janet Harrison is a LEED Accredited Professional, offering a wide range of LEED services, including:
• Initial Analysis
Engineering and Commissioning are contracted separately. She also offers workshops and presentations.
The LEED Rating System was developed by the US Green Building Council to evaluate environmental performance from a “whole building” perspective. For a LEED analysis, we look at six categories: site, water, energy, materials, indoor environmental quality, and design excellence.
Janet has been involved with the US Green Building Council since its infancy, working with the very first version of the rating system, the LEED Pilot Phase.
She was responsible for LEED certification of the first Platinum rated building, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s
A new kitchen for an award-winning cook spurred a renovation and addition designed to not only upgrade the kitchen, but also integrate it more fully with the living space. The new layout is ideal for gourmet cooking and entertaining.
For more information on the
The project participated in the pilot phase of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System and was the first building to earn a LEED Platinum Rating. It has subsequently won many other awards, including the NOVA Award for Construction Innovation in 2003, the Business Week/Architectural Record Award in 2001, and it was one of the AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects in 2001.
Key Green Design Features:
• Rainwater cisterns
• Composting toilets
• Reducing site distrubance
• Natural ventilation
• Active solar features
• Geothermal heat pump with desiccant dehumidification system
• Structural insulated panels (SIPS)
• Smart parking design
• Certified wood
• Detached conference facility
• Recycled regenerable and reused materials
• Transportation management
• Native landscape species
• Indoor air quality
• Passive solar design
• Building commissioning
Janet Harrison provided design consultation on this new house designed in a cottage style to fit comfortably in with the older summer houses in