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Our studio-shops in New York and Oregon design/build custom homes, buildings, and enclosures throughout North America. To learn more about our projects, team, ethos, locations  be sure to delve deeper. We love a good conversation and look forward to hearing from you! 

We Do Well When We Do Good

New Energy Works operates on the triple bottom line—a simple belief that people, planet, and profit work together to ensure a better future. We give to our local and global communities. Our coworkers are more than just employees, they’re part of what makes our company successful. We are an employee-owned company. We truly care about our craftsmen, and they truly care about your project.

When you work with us, you are purchasing products made in a shop that runs on solar power and is heated from our own timber scrap. Our efforts at reclaiming wood have processed over 1 million board feet a year for the past 28 years, saving this wood from landfills, incineration, and rot. Our Earth is a place we want to leave well for the next generation through buildings that are energy-efficient and enduring.

When we take care of our people and our planet, we are more profitable. This enables us to invest in efforts that make a difference to our workers’ families and our local and global communities, create a healthier planet, and most importantly builds a thoughtful company that thrives on quality partnerships.

Our Community and Planet


In 2018 we started our transition from single ownership of our founder Jonathan Orpin, and in 2022 became a 100% employee-owned company as an ESOP, or Employee Stock Ownership Plan, one of about 8,000 ESOP businesses in the country.

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Timber Framers Guild

Members since 1984 we continue to support their work in timber framer education, business support, and historical support.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

Chain of Custody certified since 2000, we strive to use as much FSC-Certified wood as possible. This means more sustainable timber for your project and a healthier planet for us all.


With licensed architects on both coasts, we support the AIA through personal membership and as a continuing education provider.

Building Energies Bottom Lines  (BEBL) & NESEA

As members of BEBL and NESEA, we work with other like-minded companies in the North Eastern US to idea share on how best to work towards sustainable business that aims to fight climate change through the built environment.

Giving Back

We look to the needs of our local and global communities and support a variety of non-profits/charitable projects our coworkers and clients believe in. Some include: The Shepard Home, annual local Christmas families, Sewpportive, Equicenter, local Rotaries, Nicaragua solar oven & freshwater projects, and more.

Green Efforts

Our Farmington, NY office runs on 400+ solar panels and we use our timber scraps to heat our office. In 2017 we built the first full CLT/heavy timber project in New York to house our fine woodworking and high-performance enclosure shops. Our Portland studio and shop purchase their energy from renewable sources and power their wood kilns using timber scraps. Having shops on both coasts helps us minimize our carbon footprint, allowing us to craft our timber spaces closer to the wood source or client site. Our offices have designated recycling areas for everything from paper to metal, to electronics.



USGBC (United States Green Building Council) created LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) to measure and define what green building meant, and to provide a roadmap for developing sustainable buildings. With LEED, a baseline was established—a universally agreed upon holistic system for reducing environmental impact. As a long-standing member company of the USGBC, we were excited when LEED caught on in the early 2000s. As a long-standing member company of the USGBC, we’re happy to support those looking to achieve LEED. We can support projects designed/built to meet LEED eligibility through recycled content, resource reuse, FSC-certified material and chain-of-custody, and regional materials (where applicable). In other words — we’re here to support the folks who are looking to achieve LEED.