We will educate you in each of the following five categories, determine where your preferences lay, and design accordingly:
Start with overall design, then proper insulation; addressing air seal penetrations; blower door diagnostics; high performance windows, lighting and appliances, etc.
Think local, think durable, Reduce, reuse and recycle. Utilize locally milled siding and framing products, creatively use materials you currently have access to. Streamline the design so that form and function are achieved through simplicity rather than layering, etc.
INDOOR ENVIROMENTAL QUALITY
Eliminate carpet, use NO V.O.C. paints, primers and sealers. Specify ‘no added formaldehyde’ cabinetry. Test for radon, lead, asbestos and mold and mitigate where necessary, etc.
native and drought tolerant plants and reduce impervious surfaces outside, etc.
Use .5 gpm faucets, 2 gpm showerheads, dual-flush 1.2 gfp toilets, H.E. washer – 9-12 gpl and use rain barrels, etc.
SITE AND COMMUNITY IMPACT
Plan and mark your site to minimize disturbance and to capitalize on natural features and forces. Limit your use of off-gassing products. Design and grade to hold storm-water on site.