After designing through a sustainable lens, the next step is to insure the products you use are environmentally friendly – and safe for you! Here is some information about key products we incorporate when they make sense for you and your project. (Below is not a comprehensive list, if we discuss a product not listed here, let us know and we'll forward you information.)
Certified Rapidly Renewable lumber: Fast-growing trees offer the general benefits of plants but also offer a consistent supply of materials for construction. The Aspen is a rapidly renewable tree and is used in engineered lumber products.
Engineered lumber: Engineered lumber is a type of man-made recycled lumber. It adds value to a project because it's stronger than wood fiber, is environmentally sound because it uses 50% less timber and can be made from rapid growth trees, uses environmentally friendly adhesives, and is easy to work with because it is exact in size. It is more stable, doesn't shrink, warp or twist!
Composite lumber: This lumber is made from recycled materials and will outlast wood by two to three times, never requires paint of finishes, and will not burn or splinter bare feet in the summer. It's perfect for decking!
Reclaimed/salvaged wood: Reclaimed wood is salvaged from buildings and structures that are being remodeled or ton down. This wood is not associated with recent timber harvesting, it reuses materials, and it can reduce the construction and demolition load on landfills.
SIPs panels: SIPs stands for structural insulated panels. They are panels made with a thick layer of foam sandwiched between OSB, plywood, or cement board. Just some of the benefits are using SIPs panels follows: reduces up to 40% of heating and air conditioning costs, utilizes environmentally benign foam products, resistant to wind damage, conserves scarce timber resources, creates less waste, and reduces framing time.
Energy Conservation
Interior Design
Water Conservation
Energy Sources
"First, there is the power of the Wind, constantly exerted over the globe... Here is an almost incalculable power at our disposal, yet how trifling the use we make of it! It only serves to turn a few mills, blow a few vessels across the ocean, and a few trivial ends besides. What a poor compliment do we pay to our indefatigable and energetic servant!"
– Henry David Thoreau Paradise (To Be) Regained" [1843]
Installing ceiling insulation and double – glazed windows in every US home can save more oil than the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge can produce at its most optimistic projections, at about 1/20 the cost.