we believe in making informed choices that are conscious as well as eco-conscious. When we create your dream home, we do so with its health and longevity in mind—as well as yours.
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Green is a do-good word that means different things to different people. Even major green building organizations don’t agree on a single definition.
To us, what’s most important are your priorities. For some, it’s minimizing chemicals and irritants. For others, it’s using recycled and sustainable materials. We can guide you to the choices that make sense for your project, your budget, your family, and your life. When it comes to green, we’ll take you as deep as you want to go.
Here are a few of the environmentally responsible steps we can take together.
Indoor air is 2 to 10 times more polluted than outdoor air thanks to volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) emitted by carpets, stains, paints, glues, plastics, even municipal water. We use no- and low-VOC products ourselves and can advise you on materials, ductless ventilation and water filtration to further safeguard your indoor air quality.
Insulation is more than a thermal envelope. It must be fireproof and retard mold, often achieved with toxic chemicals. Fortunately there are outstanding safe, natural and recycled products that do the job. Noise pollution is also a consideration, so we create acoustic plans for our clients that use noise-dampening materials.
Durability equates to both resource conservation and money saved over time, which we like. We can guide you to choices that truly endure; quartzite, for example, as the highest density natural stone is superior at resisting stains and wear over time, and engineered floors with thick wear layers can last as long as solid hardwood.
For us, an energy-efficient home begins with careful construction, including well-installed insulation, air sealing and duct sealing. Beyond that, there are no shortage of choices to up your home’s efficiency and save money: tankless water heaters, radiant heat, EnergyStar appliances, low-flow fixtures, solar panels and more.