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What are Green Design Principles?

Green Design Principles, as defined by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) encompases three elements:

Social Responsibility

Creating comfortable, healthy, sustainably built environments.

Environmental Stewardship

Reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, and solid waste generation.

Economic Profitability

Reduce costs and liability; increase value; and achieve more predictable results in design, construction and continued building operations and maintenance.


Breaking down these elements into categories that we consider in the Design Process:

Sustainable Site

Site design and management is the basis for a sustainable site.  We analyze the building site for potential use of on-site resources.  Careful considerations are made for natural habitat and preservation of water resources.


Locations and Linkages

Choosing a building site location that has easy access to multiple transportation options, recreational choices, walking distances to local services and ample bicycle paths are all ways to reduce gas emissions and save energy.


Water Efficiency

Water requires energy in several ways:  Conveyance / treatment to the building, heating the water and treatment of the water once it leaves the site.  Efficiently using the water as many times as possible can be achieved by the following ways:


Rain Water Harvesting:  Collecting rain water to be used for irrigation and toilet flushing.

Gray Water Collection:  Water diverted from sinks, laundry tubs and washing machines can be used for irrigation.


Specifying Ultra-Low flow plumbing fixtures for faucets, toilets and shower heads improve water efficiencies and reduce impact on the environment.


Energy and Atmosphere

When designing the space there are several points to consider:


Energy Demand:  Efficient design which incorporate multi-functioning spaces will require significantly less energy.  

Energy Efficiency:  Specifying highly efficient appliances with Energy Star rating along with high efficiency equipment will reduce the energy demand.

Energy Source:  The use of on-site resources such as; photo voltaic (PV) solar panels and wind generators (where acceptable) will reduce the need for conventional electrical services.  Off-site renewable energy is another alternative which is considered when choosing a site location.

Energy Performance:  Is the most measurable aspect of project performance. 


Awareness and Education

Providing this basic information to our clients in understandable terms helps to raise awareness and offer easily achieved performance through methodical design.


Materials and Resource

Building Materials selection is an important component of a sustainable design.  When making material selections we specify:

Reused Materials:  Integration of reused timber, bricks and crushed concrete.

Recycled Materials:  Specifying products such as Recycled Glass Countertops.

Regional & Renewable Materials:  Maximum radius of 500 miles for sourcing materials reduces energy usage and vitalizes local economies.

Sustainably Harvested Materials:  Selecting materials such as Wool for insulation.


Indoor Environmental Quality

Achieved using the following design criteria:

Designed to have adequate cross ventilation and fresh air makeup.

Minimizing or eliminating emissions of potentially toxic chemicals by specifying finish materials free of urea formaldehyde and those that do not emit volatile organic compounds or VOC's.

Specifying HVAC equipment that utilizes Hepa Filtration systems, ultraviolet lighting that provide germicidal air purification.





Why go Green?

These days, everyone is going green. Just open a magazine or surf the web, and you’ll find businesses lining up to announce their green conversion. 


Are there really tangible benefits to being environmentally friendly?

In a single word: Absolutely!  Whether you value a higher standard of life today or a preserved environment tomorrow, going green reaps numerous riches. With its array of positive choices, comparable price points and best practices, green building is valuable to us all.