BuildSMART supports Architects in at least 4 ways.

1.    BuildSMART works with Architects. We do not compete. We do not provide Architectural or Engineering services.

2.    BuildSMART teams enthusiastically engage the IDP process so that we customize our wall panels for your design goals, optimizing energy performance and budget.

3.    BuildSMART shop drawings are delivered fully coordinated with the Architect’s BIM model. This allows some new efficiency for the Architect with reduced detailing needed in Construction Documents.

4.    BuildSMART can provide ready to use CSI format specifications, fully tested and warrantied for all our systems.

Build SMART For Designers

Tim McDonald, an architect, developer, and builder for Onion Flats LLC in Philadelphia, received his Passive House certification nine years ago. When he started, designing a building to Passive House levels of efficiency came with several challenges. “It was from scratch in all ways,” he says. I had to think through the most effective way to design the thermal envelope, the air barrier and the weather resistant barriers. I had to figure out the details of how a window joined with the wall so that it not only shed water but maintained the air tightness of the thermal envelope.”

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You've Got Creative Freedom

The BuildSMART pre-built construction panels do NOT limit the design of the structure. Our mass-customization approach enables a wide variety of designs. We respond to and provide the substrate for your preferred aesthetic treatment.

If you've already got a design in mind or developed, we can work with it. If you are just getting started, we can provide easy-to-use design files with the Build SMART components pre-loaded to make your job easier. 


net zero energy ready and passive house efficiency without the guesswork

There’s no more guessing about assembly air tightness, thermal bridging or COST. By using BuildSMART components, designers create high performance buildings with the confidence. Just give us your project documents and we’ll deliver a system that meets the most stringent standards and your Client's budget.  


full control of the exterior & interior finishes

BuildSMART is a structural wall system with continuous insulation and an integrated weather resistant barrier on the exterior. Once the shell is completed, exteriors and interiors can be finished to your design (just like in traditional builds). 

Start Designing Your BuildSMART Structure

Begin by downloading the BuildSMART files in your preferred format - SketchUp or REVIT.

For design assistance, please view our Design Tutorials. 


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If you would like to learn more about the Build SMART System before getting started, please fill out the form below and one of our Build SMART experts will be in touch soon. 

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Zero energy at zero premium, there should be zero debate.
— President, Onion Flats Design-Build Firm