Michael Anschel is heavily involved in the Green Building movement. He led the Green Remodeling Group in the development of MN GreenStar Certified Green Homes and Remodeling, considered by some to be the most progressive and rigorous green residential building standard in the US. After serving as interim director, he works to facilitate the adoption and incorporation of Green building techniques into the entire Residential construction industry.
Michael is also the owner and principal of Otogawa-Anschel Design-Build, L.L.C., a nationally recognized award-winning design-build firm that focuses on older residential homes. Otogawa-Anschel Design-Build has been dedicated to Green building for over a decade. They were the recipient of the first National Green Remodeling Chrysalis Award, and the first MN COTY Award for sustainable remodeling.
Michael has served on the Board of Directors for NARI of MN and the City of Lakes Rotary. He is a Contributor to and has been featured in the Journal of Light Construction, Remodeling, Qualified Remodeler, Upscale Remodeling, Luxury Renovation, Midwest Home, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, City South, Plymouth, Minnetonka and Edina Magazines, HomeTime, and the Star Tribune. You can read Michael's green blog for Remodeling magazine here.
A Minneapolis native, he has lived, studied and worked in China and Japan. His spare time is spent outdoors climbing small mountains, cooking, and reading.