• Design

    Good design is essential. We are a collaborative design team that respects you throughout the process of creating a resilient, durable, and beautiful structure that will be truly and uncommonly loved. Learn more »
  • StrawCell

    Beyond Low Carbon Construction

    What if the way we built buildings actually helped to fix climate change? Straw "fixes" carbon in its growth; we build beautiful homes with it. Invest in our collective future: love farmers, love bread, love the earth, love your house. Learn more »
  • Worker cooperatives do it better.

    We converted to a worker cooperative in 2016. Because all our workers own New Frameworks, we are invested in our business in a profound way. This helps us deliver a quality product and process to our clients.
  • 2016 Efficiency Vermont Honor Award: Existing Houses

    Deep Energy Retrofit work on Existing Buildings: Foam and Fossil-Fuel Free

    In our award-winning Norwich renovation, we took a whole-building approach to meeting the homeowners’ goals for comfort, indoor air quality, and transitioning away from fossil fuels. The couple are now more comfortable – in summer and winter – and are paying over $1,600 less in energy costs.
  • Research

    We are constantly innovating our design and build strategies and to evolve natural building and energy efficient construction so we can collectively reach higher. Learn more »
  • 2016 Efficiency Vermont Honor Award: New Construction

    Unicorn Farm, Middlesex VT

    We won an award for this graceful & elevated home and barn that is solar powered, utilizes local and reclaimed materials, and is the much-loved home of two women, 3 horses, 2 cats, 6 chickens, and a hive of bees.
  • Gryphon Doors

    Natural Building + High Performance Building Science

    One of the only Passive House quality solid wood doors offered as an affordable standard production model in North America. Learn more... »

 We offer a new framework for ecological design and construction. We direct processes for constructing the built ecology that enrich the.  New Frameworks aims to heal the interrelationships between planet, people, and the built ecology through social and ecological regenerative building practices.

What’s new: Learn more about our StrawCell Wall Assembly!

New Frameworks is hiring! 

New Frameworks is a worker-owned, high performance natural building company looking for a lead carpenter to head our home performance and renovations team.

Core Site-based Responsibilities:

  • Supports Home Performance/Renovations Project Manager and works directly with them to fulfill project construction.
  • Delivers projects on budget, on schedule, and to the clients’ satisfaction.
  • Strong renovation carpentry skills: framing through finishes.
  • Strong building science and green building skills with an interest to grow in this area. Regular in-house and external training included with this position.
  • Leads and manages crew effectively and builds positive daily culture.
  • Communicates daily with clients regarding progress, logistics, and other incidental requirements relevant to the execution of the work.
  • Communicates regularly with the Project Manager regarding progress, particularly as it relates to schedule, budget, and staffing needs/concerns.
  • Procures materials, including delivery coordination and ordering, as required to conduct the work.
  • Supervises and manages subcontractors on site, including supporting and directing their work, verifying quality and compliance, and alerting the Project Manager of any issues.
  • Supports crew training and adherence to all State, Federal, and Local codes and quality standards for health & safety and energy performance.

Core Administrative Responsibilities:


  • Assists with estimating and planning process for developing projects, as needed.
  • Participates regularly in quarterly All-Company Meetings to help steer direction of company and is an active member of the Build Committee.
  • Participates actively in interdependent, team-focused company culture.


Potential responsibilities:

  • Performance audit administration & audit reports
  • Facilitates incentive program requirements for clients


  • 10-15 yrs + experience in renovation construction and/or energy & weatherization work.
  • Has 2+ years experience managing a crew and a desire to improve in this area.
  • BPI, Passive House Certification, Healthy Homes Certification preferred but not required.
  • Reliable transportation and tools required.
  • Is a strong team player and wishes to work as a part of a group focused on vision and mission of the company.
  • Is able to work well independently, as well as manage a small team of workers.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Strong communication skills: in person, via phone and email.
  • Ability to manage fast-paced work environments and in clients’ private homes with respect.
  • Ability to track hours and manage project details on web-based information management systems (training to be provided).

Other notes:

  • We are a 100% worker-owned cooperative. By joining and becoming an owner at New Frameworks, you’ll share in our profits, be an integral member of our innovative and positive team, have training and professional development opportunities, and most importantly, have an impact in the success of our company.
  • New Frameworks urges women, transgender and gender nonconforming people, and those of diverse racial, ethnic, religious, sexuality or other marginalized groups to apply. New Frameworks does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, veteran status, genetic information, family medical history, disability, or other characteristics which are or may be protected by law. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.