Green Building, or as I rather call it, High Performance Building, is the practice of designing and building structures using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction.
The main aspects of Green Building are:
- Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
- Sitting and Passive Solar design
- Energy, Water and Material efficiency and conservation
- Indoor Environmental Quality (IAQ) and Occupant health
- Operation, Maintenance and Homeowner Education
- Reducing Waste, Pollution and Environmental degradation
A high-performing home sets the goals to a high standard. For over twenty years, we’ve talked about selecting healthier and higher quality of product and systems, which in turn allows our clients to have higher efficiency, durability, indoor air quality, comfort and reduced energy bills, waste and maintenance. We want to minimize the environmental impact on our natural resources, at the same time we create beautifully aesthetically homes.
In addition to products and systems, we design and build homes with a holistic approach, so our homes are more sustainable. In this way, we help control from design to construction completion in a more balanced and healthy approach to your future home.
The Construction Industry has been awfully slow to embrace new technology and systems, and coupled with a no industry wide license and education requirements, most homes are built with rule of thumbs and old conventional wisdom… “This is the way I’ve been building for 30 years”. Your home is the largest investment you’ll make in a lifetime, or at least for most of us, so why build a new house the old way?