Being a 4th generation builder, the sights and smells of sawn lumber and freshly placed concrete are among the earliest memories for Ethan. He didn’t always envision himself picking up the mantle of his forefathers and becoming a builder; it was only after graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a science degree that he had a yearning to return to the job site and put his tool pouches back on. However, he wasn’t going to be content just building standard houses and embracing the status quo. With a thorough understanding of the scientific method imparted on him from his formal education at RPI, he set out to build not only better performing houses, but ones that have a reduced impact on the environment. These days you can find Ethan both on the job site swinging a hammer as well as performing comprehensive energy models for Downstream’s builds and assisting Justin in the design process. He’s always in the proverbial lab tinkering with building systems and methods to improve the company’s product and striving to find that ideal intersection between the art and science of the built environment. When he’s not entrenched in the building sphere, Ethan enjoys spending time with his two black lab/border collie pups and amazing fiancée as well as climbing rocks, running on trails, packrafting rivers, scaling mountains, skiing anything and everything, and reading as much as possible.