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Lightly Treading, Inc. is a full service building performance design and analysis firm established in 1997. Lightly Treading was founded to educate builders in techniques for constructing green homes and teach homeowners how to enhance the energy efficiency and overall performance of their homes.

While working as a Grants Manager and Construction Supervisor for Habitat for Humanity (HFH) in 1995-1996, Paul Kriescher, founder of Lightly Treading, observed the fact that simple, decent but “cheap” housing could simultaneously hurt the pocketbook of a family and the quality of the environment. By performing economic analyses and heat-load calculations Paul was able to demonstrate for HFH Metro Denver that the practice of building only to Code, had cost families more than $570/year in added utilities and the environment an extra ~3.6 tons of CO2/year.  After he helped HFH Metro Denver increase insulation by 25%, reduce air-leakage by 35%, cut duct-leakage, add Low-e coatings to windows, and incorporate ENERGY STAR lighting and appliances, Paul looked further and saw that for-profit builders were typically doing no better.
Thus a company was born which would be dedicated to builder and homeowner education regarding better material choices, building science practices, and the merits of programs such as ENERGY STAR.

As one of the first companies of its kind, Lightly Treading has continually adjusted and expanded our services to meet the needs of clients. Our team of energy auditors and energy raters serve as third party consultants providing clients with knowledge to take the next step towards energy efficiency.

Our staff comes with a wide range of certifications and skill backgrounds and actively participates in numerous community volunteer efforts. Lightly Treading makes a donation of services to Habitat for Humanity to further its mission of providing simple, decent, affordable housing to individuals and families.

Today Lightly Treading works to educate homeowners, builders, commercial property owners, building science professionals and community members about energy efficiency and improved comfort in new and existing homes and small buildings. Our team specializes in residential home performance assessments including HERS energy ratings, quality assurance and control inspections, electrical audits and energy audits. Lightly Treading conducts energy efficiency workshops and building science trainings and provides consulting services, as well.


Desiring a company name that expressed a commitment to sustainable living, Paul looked back to a beautiful quote from a speech given by Chief Seattle in 1854, as he and his people were being relocated from their lands to a reservation.

“This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

Chief Seattle went on to caution the conquering white men to “Tread Lightly” on God’s creation. This quote, as translated, and his cautionary statement spoke to Paul’s vision to be protective of the Environment, not by living a life of austerity and deprivation, but by being conscious of and connected to the beauty, harmony and wisdom of living within nature’s structure and rhythms and – voilà!  Lightly Treading was born.

You can read Chief Seattle’s speech in its entirety at http://savethefrogs.com/students/chief-seattle.html

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