IMG_7197New Frameworks Natural Design/Build is a full-service contracting, consultation, and education company specializing in the integration of natural materials and technologies and high-performance building systems.

We are passionate about working in healthy environments and creating positive relationships to build structures that are truly sustainable.

We enjoy working directly alongside clients in both design and construction, and firmly believe in the importance of social justice and skills access to enable people of all backgrounds access to safe, beautiful, and affordable shelter.

New Frameworks Natural Design/Build is committed to changing the paradigm for how buildings are created, pushing forward the envelope not only for a product that is better for the planet and the owner alike, but also for a process that itself holds great value.

We converted to a worker cooperative in 2016, because we find the cooperative principles internal to our company matches the way we work. Worker cooperative structure means we each are invested in our company’s health and well being, and invested in delivering uncommon quality to all of our projects.

Our Mission:

We are committed to creating ecological, durable, beautiful structures and finishes for clients, through a building process that is healthy for all involved.

Bio: Ace McArleton, Jacob Deva Racusin and Ben Graham are the current board and managing partners of New Frameworks Natural Design/Build. We offer services in green remodeling, new construction, consultation, and education featuring natural building technologies. We are a member of the Efficiency Vermont Network, the Northeastern Sustainable Energy Association, Building Energy Bottom Lines, Vermont Builders for Social Responsibility, and the Vermont chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. We are active instructors at educational organizations including Yestermorrow Design/Build School. Jacob is a member of Seven Generations Natural Builders, which offers training in natural building technologies around the world. Ace, a former union tilesetter, has also developed curricula and instructed at the Institute for Social Ecology. Ben studied architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and Permaculture with the Permaculture Institute of Britain. He has also served on the Planning Commission of his town of Plainfield. Through their work as builders, designers, consultants, authors, and educators, we merge our passions for fine craft, ecological stewardship, relationship to place, and social justice.


New Frameworks Natural Design/Build holds membership with the following organizations:

– Timber Farmers Guild

– Vermont Green Building Network

– Building for Social Responsibility-VT

– Natural Builders Northeast

– Seven Generations Natural Building

 New Frameworks Natural Design/Build  holds the following professional credentials:

– Certified Passive House Consultant – Passive House US (PHIUS)

– Building Analyst and Envelope Professional Certifications – Building Performance Institute (BPI)

– EPA RRP Lead Safe Certified

– Level I Infrared for Building Applications- Snell Group

– Certified Installers – American Clay

– Certified Installers – Claylin Earthen Floors