What's New

Imagine a building that doesn't burn--even though it is located in one of the worst wildfire areas of California.  Now, imagine the same building, suffering virtually no damage from a maximum credible earthquake in one of the most extreme seismic zones in the world.  While contemplating the first two points, go a step further, and imagine that this building is also sustainable--lasting hundreds of years and requiring little or no energy to heat or cool it.  ISI will be presenting it's sustainable systems and designs at the annual Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento January 27th and 28th.  We hope to see you there.

Straw Bale Patent

Last year ISI's Spar Membrane Structure, which takes advantage of night cooling by the thermal mass of its concrete membranes surrounding an insulating core, recieved two United States patents. One for its unique ventilation system to control moisture and the other for the methods of bracing and constructing the wall itself. Click here for more information about the SMS.

Integral Solar Roof

ISI's newest addition to zero energy buiildings is its patent pending Integral Solar Roof. It combines thermal mass around an insulated core with solar siphoning and emissive cooling to make what may be the world's most energy efficient roof system. It brings cutting edge technology to timeless construction. For more information, click here.

Wineries completed and under construction

Please check out the pictures of Ted and Heidi Lemons' new straw bale winery utilized for this years crush at www.littorai.com/winerypictures.asp

Two zero energy buildings are in design and under construction in Paso Robles California. One, the Bone-Crushing olive press facility will be open to the public in 2010.

A zero energy 8000 sq ft winery utilizing the SMS and ISR systems is under design review in Santa Cruz county and is scheduled to begin construction in June 2010.

Gouvion Vineyard Estate in San Diego county is nearing completion. In an update from the owner, "The roof and plastering should be done soon... It's great even unfinsihed."