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About Us

The Small Planet Workshop

  2963 RW Johnson Blvd SW 

Tumwater, WA 98512


Phone:   Toll Free: 1(855) FOR-SIGA  
                WA Local: (360) 866-8779
                Fax: (360) 753-6524  


Email:   info@smallplanetworkshop.com

The Company 

A division of WestCoast Associates Inc., The Small Planet Workshop opened in late 2009 in Olympia, Washington to support the growing interest in high performance building envelope construction found in Passivhaus & Zero Energy Buildings. 

We are a company dedicated to the supply, education, and training in the use of energy-efficient building materials and practices. We think that simple air-sealing of the building envelope is one of the most significant energy efficiency targets and well within reach of most building professionals.

The Small Planet Workshop is the first North American stocking dealer of air-tight construction products by SIGA for today's building professionals. We've gone through extensive training and can help you choose the right product for your application and ship it to you anywhere in North America.

We Seek a Profit by Using a Moral Compass

"It's our opinion that "social responsibility" and a "profitable business" have never been mutually exclusive. We support and agree with new thinking that illustrates that social and environmental issues are, in fact, "market opportunities". Addressing the "issues of the day" is in fact a sustainable & profitable business plan. Read the New York Times Article "First make money, then do good". Think of ecological action and investment as a market opportunity." 

--Albert Rooks, The Small Planet Workshop, President

That's why we import products such as the Swiss Air-Sealing products by a leading European company in air-sealing construction products, SIGA Cover AG. SIGA's products continue to be developed and manufactured in Switzerland where the company has proven to be a reliable partner in making envelopes "air-tight & mold free" for many years. 

Other featured products include Exoair Trio expanding foam tape for window sealing from the Tremco and the air-tight electrical boxes to support the Air Tight Drywall Approach by Airfoil. New products are being added to our local and online store inventory regularly, so join our mailing list to stay up to date with the new additions.

About the Staff

Albert Rooks: President of The Small Planet Workshop


Albert enjoys traveling and learning the different ways that people build all over the world. From traditional timber frames to ultra-modern Passivhaus & zero energy building, he is continually interested and inspired by various building methods. His favorite raw materials are grown or found in nature, and can be processed into building materials in a way that allows them to be recycled back into the environment without poisoning it. An elegant future is to be found in needing less energy.

 -Albert Rooks
The Small Planet Workshop

Mark Hanson: Technical Sales rep, Architect,
Fork Lift Operator, Inventory manager and Shipping Clerk mark.jpg

Mark grew up with passion for building. He is a licensed architect (Colorado) and then met Albert through a twist of connection. Co-Founder of The Small Planet Workshop, he manages the sales department, all while making jokes with everyone who comes in and out of the workshop.

Linda Whaley: Passive House Consultant

Linda Whaley is a Certified Passive House Consultant, LEED AP, Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, and Blogger Extraordinaire for The Small Planet Workshop.

She has her own blog site: http://existingresources.wordpress.com/ Where sustainable construction starts. 


Sara Gundermann: Office Administrator & Marketing Rep

Sara heads up the marketing of our newest product lines, from newsletters, blogs, to website building. She creates publication materials, updates web content, and uses social media to help The Small Planet Workshop connect wih customers, and the public, in the most effective way.