What is Green Building?
We shape our dwellings, and afterwards, our dwellings shape us.
- Winston Churchill
How do you nourish the souls of the inhabitants?
Clean, classic, simple design for a sane lifestyle
Use natural materials and finishes
Blend design and colors with local landscape
Prioritize good aesthetic design
Accommodations for the chemically sensitive
Accommodations for the physically challenged
Provide natural lighting whenever possible
Ensure clean indoor air and air exchange
Ensure pure water for drinking, cooking and bathing
Designs that meets the needs of the inhabitants
Connection to the natural environment
Good owner return on investment through energy savings
How do you minimize the impact to our environment?
Use materials which have a low-impact on the environment
Use Resources which are renewable, non-endangered or recycled
Select products manufactured with minimal toxic by-products
Transport by using local sources when possible.
Quality products that are built to last and can be serviced if needed
Materials which are recyclable when their useful life has expired
Minimize changes to the topography and vegetation of the building site
Place the structure unobtrusively on the building site
Reduce need for supplemental heating and cooling with energy efficient design
Reduce the need for lighting by providing plentiful fenestration
Reduce need for water by using water-conserving fixtures
Integrate alternative power systems (solar, wind, micro-hydro)
Consider alternative waste processing systems
Utilize gray water when building codes allow
Properly recycle and dispose of construction waste
Landscape with native plants and grasses to minimize water consumption