EcoArtisan Builders combines creative design and green building technologies to create beautiful and elegant homes that are in harmony with their surroundings and that minimize their impact on the environment. We produce ingenious, ecological results for projects of any size or style. We follow a thoughtful and deliberate design and construction process, carefully integrating each piece into the project as a whole. Our projects are sensitively sited with optimized interior space. We choose and inventively employ healthy and sustainable materials that are precisely suited to their purpose.
Add-ons, remodels, room additions or new home construction. Bring us your vision and ideas for home projects of any size, and we’ll produce beautiful results – sustainably crafted. We extend thoughtful planning through attentive construction and artisan detailing to deliver an incomparable finished product.
EcoArtisans has assembled a uniquely experienced and dedicated team of designers, architects, and drafters who create elegant and ecological solutions for your home. The end goal is to see your vision through to reality. Beginning with a thorough understanding of your goals and project requirements, we complete an assessment and cost analysis of each aspect of a project to ensure that the designs we present are achievable within your budget.
How healthy is your home? We conduct an energy audit composed of various diagnostic tests such as thermographic inspection to detect energy loss and monitoring for water efficiency and air leakage. We then create an efficiency improvement plan to increase indoor air quality and lower your utility costs. You’ll feel comfortable and confident that your home is a healthy environment. Federal tax credits are another bonus and incentive to make these health- and energy-wise improvements.
For more than 30 years, we have been an active part of the green build architectural movement. Located in San Diego, EcoArtisan Builders have long been leaders in the green build and energy conservation movement. We have championed and followed the green building philosophy since 1979 when the environmental movement first became organized and before the idea of being environmentally-responsible was termed “green.” Back then, net zero energy homes and low chemical emission carpet and paints were new and radical ideas. Today, most people know that building and remodeling in a way that is sensitive to the environment, our own health, and the earth’s resources is just good sense.
We continually engage with our green build professional community to seek and evaluate new, innovative green building products and methodologies. Green building produces beautiful, healthy, and elegant results for you and your family and helps secure the future of our planet for generations to come. Our company was founded on these principles.
We are a team of designers, architects, and drafters committed to creating green building solutions for our customers whether the need is for a single-room remodel, new home construction, or anything in between.
Our founder, Mark Letizia, has 34 years experience in residential design and construction and has been involved in solar and green building since the field’s inception. Mark began his career working with solar pioneer Albin H. Rothe in Ramsey, NJ, during which time he learned about passive and active solar, energy efficient design, and use of the new materials and construction methods coming out at the time. He was also strongly influenced by the work and ecological design principles of John Todd, founder of The New Alchemy Institute. Mark spent time in the 80’s working on a homestead farm in British Columbia and living communally on 180 unspoiled acres near Arcadia National Park in Maine. In 1988, Mark started his own business, Osprey Healthy Homes, and at the same time joined a group of like-minded green building professionals to form an educational and networking group, “Builders and Architects for a Sustainable Environment.” Mark also hosted a radio show during this time called “Homesick” about the health issues related to modern building and the budding interest in sustainability and ecological homebuilding.
By 1993, Mark was ready to employ the ecological building and lifestyle knowledge he had acquired and build his own low-impact home using principles such as building biology or Baubiology, a movement that is concerned with creating healthy, ecological homes that are in harmony with the natural environment. When completed, the home featured locally harvested lumber including some from his own acreage, a ‘finnish’ masonry heater to supplement passive solar heating, skylights, gas refrigerator, breathable walls, natural paint and wood finishes, natural linoleum, and a solar electric system. The home was groundbreaking in that it incorporated many of the green design principles available at the time. The Bangor Daily News featured Mark and his earth-friendly home in an article entitled, “Let the Sunshine In” which marveled that even in Maine’s sometimes extreme winter weather, it was possible to build an alternatively-powered home that was also aesthetically beautiful.
After leaving Maine in 1998, Mark worked for green builders and construction companies in New Mexico and San Diego until earning his California contractor’s license and founding Eco Artisan Builders in 2006.