The client was looking for simple energy efficiency improvements with the greatest possible gain. The first steps to improving this property included installing insulation to the exterior of the house, using passive solar heating and cooling concepts, and implementing heat recovery ventilation technology. The international couple, husband from Switzerland and wife from Japan, also wanted their home to include build features from their native countries. The pattern on the shudders has a very Asian look and its accompanying hardware was imported directly from Switzerland. The EIFS is a popular European exterior cladding system and was easy to apply onto the brick.