About Us

"For us, building healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient homes is non-negotiable.  It is the right thing for our clients and for our planet.  We cannot imagine anything else." 
Randall Lanou, President

BuildSense provides full service architecture and construction. They opened in 1999 with a mission of making excellent, custom, beautiful, site and climate-specific houses available and affordable to more homebuyers.  Since day one, BuildSense, Inc and BuildSense Architecture, PC have designed and built sustainable, energy efficient, and comfortable homes.


Let us help you realize your next dream.

EPA's ENERGY STAR Program

 

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment though energy efficient products and practices.

Partner since 2007.

Rotary International

 

With more than 1.2 million members worldwide, Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve heath and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

Member since 2003.

Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties

 

HBADOC supports the growth of the building industry and the quality of our communities through active involvement in community affairs, advocating concern for the environment while maintaining a positive climate for economic growth.

Member since 2004.

Better Business Bureau

 

An ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers can trust each other through being the leader in advancing marketplace trust.

Member since 2011.

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Oscar !

Maqui !

Camanoe !

Kallie !

Delilah !

Deckard !

Abhaya !

Green Home Builders of the Triangle

 

A council of the Home Builders Association, this group focuses on builder education and consumer outreach and awareness of the green building industry.

Member since 2006.

Kendall Glaze

Office Manager


Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Development, Appalachian State University

Raised in Birmingham, Alabama.

Nick Owings, CGP

Designer | Builder

 

Master of Architecture, University of Kansas

Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies, University of Kansas

Raised in Wichita, Kansas.

Scott Metheny, CGP

Builder

 

Bachelor of Science in Wood Products, North Carolina State University

Raised in Louisville, Kentucky.

George Thorpe

Builder

 

Native of North Carolina. Raised in Berea.

Megan Patnaik

Designer

 

Master of Architecture, North Carolina State University

Bachelor of Interior Architecture, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Native of North Carolina. Raised in Kernersville.

HISTORY

 

BuildSense was founded in 1999 by Randall Lanou to design and build the best-designed, most resource efficient, and best crafted new homes and renovations.  Since then, the team has grown, adding Architects, Builders & Craftspersons who all share the same mission.  Our ultimate goal is to leave a positive social, economic, and environmental legacy.

VISION

 

BuildSense transforms American building and fosters delightful, healthy, and sustainable living.

SERVICES

 

Licensed Architecture

Site Planning

Conceptual Planning

Custom Home Designs

Catalog House Plans

Consulting

Budget Planning

Construction

Green Building

New Homes

Remodels

Additions

Energy Retrofits

Home Comfort Improvements


LOCATION

 

BuildSense, Inc.

BuildSense Architecture, PC

502 Rigsbee Avenue, Suite 201

Durham, NC 27701

tel.  919.667.0404

fax.  919.667.9984

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NC Sustainable Energy Association

 

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association works to ensure a sustainable future by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency to the benefit of North Carolina through education, public policy and economic development.

Member since 2010.

Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce

 

Established in 1906, the Chamber serves the community through its public policy, economic and workforce development, small business and member programs and activities.

Member since 2010.

The American Institute of Architects

 

Since 1857, the AIA has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners. With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for members in service to society.

Member since 2004.

U.S. Green Building Council

 

The USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green building. Their community of leaders is working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.

Member since 2003.

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Gaby Fornari, CGP

Builder


Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Kenyon College

Raised in Greencastle, Indiana.

Evan Lane

Designer

 

Master of Architecture, North Carolina State University

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry & Environmental Studies, Emory & Henry College

Raised in Gloucester, Virginia.

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Randall Lanou, LEED-AP, MCGP

Partner | Company Lead

 

Master of Architecture, North Carolina State University

BFA Industrial Design, University of Illinois, Chicago

Holds North Carolina General Contractors License.

Raised in Santa Cruz, California.

Erik Van Mehlman, AIA, CGP

Partner | Design Lead

 

Master of Architecture, North Carolina State University

Universidad Del Pais Vasco, San Sebastian, Spain

Boston Architectural Center, Boston MA

Bachelor of Arts in English, Tufts University

Raised in Rhode Island.