Ekose’a Homes was first self published by Lee in 1979 in response to an outpouring of inquiries about his work due to the “gas crisis”, lines at the fuel pumps, and fear of oil shortages.
Co-created by Lee Porter Butler and his wife Jill Karlin Butler in 1992, Ekotecture evolved over a 20-year period and from Lee’s earlier work “Ekosea Homes” and his innovation/invention in construction “The Gravity Geothermal Envelope”.
Lee has inspired a generation of modern architects, designers, and environmental activists. His work (Ekose’a Homes) has been a case studied by the Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA Department of Energy and Environment and found to be the most energy-efficient and CO2 benign homes they ever studied. (Published 1981). Numerous books and academic papers have been written about Lee’s work and his architectural designs.
Throughout the late 1970s to mid-1980s Lee and his work was featured in publications such as Popular Science, News & Observer, Raleigh N.C, New Florida, Earth Magazine, Ohio Magazine, and other notable publication