Green home design is determined by how a structure is built, not a particular style or look. Whether you’re passionate about the LEED process or just want to build smarter we can help find the right shade of green for you – whatever your style.

The focus is on five main factors: energy efficiency, water conservation, material selections, indoor air quality and site treatment.

Energy efficiency means ensuring a building performs well for its entire lifetime. We’ll show you options that can reduce utility bills. For example we can incorporate a solar system that can help power your home or heat your water and pool. We’ll look at advanced technology like geothermal air conditioning and ICF wall systems. While considering big ideas like these, we’ll also explore simple energy-efficiency decisions, such as building orientation and window overhangs. We stay up to date on local and state energy codes and will help you understand the benefits of different options.

Water conservation is another factor. Not only is water a precious resource, it takes energy to purify the water that comes into a home. When you’re reducing consumption with features like rainwater harvesting, dual flush toilets, and low flow faucets you’re saving energy.

Material selections encompass recycled, rapidly renewable and locally made products. We separate the legitimate resources from the marketing hype, and we keep in mind that some traditional choices may be just as green as new products.

Indoor air quality leads to a healthy home. Our projects typically don’t have that “new car smell,” which would indicate that there are VOCs (volatile organic compounds) being released into the air. We may also recommend an air purification system and avoiding the use of carpet. The choice of hard surface flooring is easier to keep clean and doesn’t harbor particulates that cause allergies.

The building site is also considered. The orientation of your home; where the sun rises and sets and the direction of prevailing winds are often overlooked and under-rated. Native plants, tree preservation and rainwater catchments are also on our checklist.

With two LEED Gold Homes and ongoing LEED Consulting for Avenue CDC we’ve guided the successful completion of a dozen homes through the USGBC’s LEED process. To learn more about these and other green projects click here.

Call us at 713.432.7377 to find out how we can integrate green design into your project.

Green design is not a passing trend; it’s a responsibility we shoulder on behalf of our clients, the community and the planet. We expect the homes we design today to be around 100 years from now, or longer. The green choices we make today will have an impact on the environmental footprint of that structure for years to come. We believe those choices will be the showcase features for tomorrow’s homes.

It’s widely recognized that the world needs to reverse its escalating output of greenhouse gases. Reducing the amount of coal-generated electricity that a home will need can help accomplish this. And, of course, this results in cost savings for the homeowner as well.

We consider using items with recycled content, rapidly renewable resources and locally made products. These kinds of actions bolster the community’s economy and help support the market for green building. Specifying regional materials also reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from transporting goods overseas.

We know this is the future and it’s for our future we do this. Everyone has the choice to live green, just as every home has the potential to be green.  The spirit of the color is the belief of a homeowner that one building, one person can make a difference. We’ll always have a carbon footprint, but it’s up to us what size shoe we wear.

Call us at 713.432.7377 – we’d love to hear about what’s important to you.