Sustainable Design

Green design is not just the result of incorporating one or two energy saving technologies into a project. It is the process of designing the whole building to sit lightly upon the land. It is a design that takes into account energy savings for heating, cooling and lighting; water efficiency, reduced rain water run off, as well as indoor air quality. It also looks at taking advantage of views and day lighting, and using materials that are regional, reused, recycled and rapidly renewable. These are just a few possible concepts for creating a sustainable design. There are many more to consider that we can discuss for your project. It is not difficult to incorporate energy efficient and sustainable design elements into a project. We just need to work toward this goal from the beginning.

Green concepts and techniques are integrated into almost every project. Even a simple site analysis improves a project’s energy efficiency by taking advantage of the winter sun or blocking the intense summer sun. Energy efficiency can be optimized through construction materials, window placement, shading and overhangs, passive solar heating, building placement on the site and landscape design.

Green design not only creates a healthy home for its occupants, it also protects the land surrounding it. Construction practices should provide materials that will last for many decades to come, and while they do cost more money when the project is initially built, less time and money will be needed for maintenance and replacement. Housing that is built to last for generations will sustain viable neighborhoods and increase its resale value.

We can help you through the process, whether your intention is to incorporate just a few energy saving technologies, or you want to have a home that is LEED Certified.

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