energy and resource efficient construction at a price the planet can afford

energy and resource efficient construction at a price the planet can afford

"I wanted to show that you could use recycled building materials without making any compromises on the type of House most Americans want. "

--Steve Loken, Parade Magazine, March 1996

"Over the past few years, Loken has become something of a guru to the alternative-materials  movement among builders.  He travels the country regularly giving lectures about his building techniques."

--Parade Magazine, March 1996


Steve has received many awards for his pioneering work on energy and resource efficient building and design, including the following:

  • Joule Award from The Energy Efficient Building Association, 1995
  • AERO 2008 Annual Renewable Energy Award
  • Rotary Club 2006 Certificate of Appreciation, Philipsburg Montana
  • Professional Builder and Remodeler Professional Achievement Award, 1991
  • Montana State Historical Preservation award for restoration of Missoula’s Ovilla Building

In 1997, Loken Builders received recognition for a remodeling project in Montana Designs, and insert in The Missoulian focusing on Missoula's "most well-designed homes."Steve is a nationally recognized authority on recycled building technologies. He is also the founder and director of Center for Resourceful Building Technology, also a nationally recognized leader in the field of environmentally responsible construction. Steve was also responsible for construction of the award-winning ReCRAFT 90 project house (cover story for Parade Magazine , Sunday, March 3, 1996), which provides tangible examples of the practical applications of the technologies of recyclable building materials and technologies, as well as job site waste reduction, with recycling and reuse strategies.

Dean Horowitz, publisher of the magazine "Professional Builder", wrote an article titled "Understanding Leaders", in the January 1999 issue of the magazine. "Visionary leaders" was the main topic of the article and the following is what he had to say about Steve Loken:

Steve Loken, Loken Builders (Missoula, MT) appears as a leading builder at many conferences and programs throughout the country. He is a vocal spokesperson for Green Building and certainly a Leader/Visionary. "Innovation doesn't get you anywhere until it is actually used by someone," he says about his work to push "that 10% change." Loken's 24 employees joined the company for various reasons. Some shared his ideas, others were idealists, but most were "practical people who were sick of business as usual." For example, one of his finish carpenters focusses on eliminating waste from the process because it is "just what he does." In general, his implementation and infrastructure supporters focus on "new and clever ways to work better with materials resulting in energy conservation". Beyond Loken Builders, Steve's presentations provide him a responsibility to quietly committed builders - those individuals who are making real change in their companies and communities. They sit quietly in the educational programs and take in what they need to know to make real change. These shy leaders make change happen with their 2,3,5 person outfits that push the industry's best ideas forward.
Parade Magazine

Houses to Save the Earth by Seth Shulman (March 3, 1996)

Parade Magazine 1You are walking on the casings of used fluorescent bulbs," says Steven Loken, pointing to the ceramic floor tiles in his master bathroom. The rich blue tiles around the tub were made from recycled car windshield glass. It's the kind of detail Loken loves to volunteer about the dream house he built on the out- skirts of Missoula, Mont. In the kitchen, the sink looks like it is made of stone, but Loken explains that it was molded from epoxy and granite dust-a byproduct left when granite is quarried. The carpets upstairs were once plastic milk jugs, from the foundation to the roof tiles, the split-level house is made almost entirely of recycled materials.Houses to save the earth.

Despite the sound of it, the house Doesn't look newfangled or avant-garde. In fact, without Loken's animated descriptions, a visitor would never guess the origins of the materials--a feature he says was important when he set out in 1990 to build his "recycled" house. "I wanted to show that you could use re- cycled building materials without making any compromises on the type of house most Americans want," says Loken. "This meant that the place had to look like any other house if the ideas behind it were going to catch on."