GREEN DESIGN PRINCIPLES
Good design means designing to use less, a clear relationship between outdoor and indoor, improving quality while reducing quantity, and building for the way you live while allowing for change as your life changes. A home should be customized to it’s inhabitants. Ceiling heights, natural materials, clean lines, natural light and fresh air make our homes feel like home. Technology allows you to control heat, window coverings, lighting, security sensors and cameras, as well as track energy consumption in real time.
Natural and renewable materials free of unnecessary chemicals create a beautiful, healthy and lasting environment. We reccommend FSC certified woods, reclaimed lumber, tiles and countertops made of recycled content, and suggest Cradle-to-Cradle products as beautiful yet resource efficient, low impact options.
We design to use minimal energy through high-performance insulation and mechanical systems, dual pane glass, proper shading systems and energy star appliances. Alternative energy systems such as solar and wind is also an option to move closer to a net-zero energy home.
The Earth’s most precious resource, water is clearly one of the most important resources to conserve. High efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances are a simple way to start. Other options such as collecting rain water for yard irrigation and recycling grey water are available.