Sustainable design or building “green” is an opportunity to use our resources efficiently while creating healthier buildings for their occupants.

Green building is an important part of our company. Our principal, Eric Morris, received his Certified Green Professional Designation in May of 2009. In order to achieve this certification, builders must participate in rigorous training sessions covering topics such as how green homes provide buyers with lower energy costs and higher value and strategies for incorporating green-building principles into homes without drastically increasing the costs of construction. All designees must conform to a strict set of ethics and standards including: working to reduce the environmental impact of homes by incorporating green practices into their specific projects, protecting the consumer through the use of quality materials and building practices backed by integrity and service, and conducting business with the consumer and all related subcontractors, suppliers, and employees professionally, fairly, and responsibly while still providing a good value for the consumer.

Green building strategies primarily fall into three categories: Using resources efficiently, protecting occupant health, and reducing the structure’s overall impact on the environment.

Using Resources Efficiently

We strive to use quality locally sourced products to reduce travel costs and time, thus reducing impact. Vermont has a wealth of products and talented craftspeople, from locally grown, harvested, and milled lumber including maple and beautiful black cherry to cabinetmakers and subcontractors that use local people and resources to create beautiful products. We encourage the use of and work with lumberyards that supply certified (sustainably forested) wood products, rapidly renewable products such as bamboo, and products that have exceptional durability and a long life cycle. We feel the best way to use resources efficiently is to build a house that will last for a long time with low maintenance costs and full of durable products that won’t need to be replaced for a long time.

Protecting Occupant Health

We use low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, and floor finishes as well as formaldehyde free plywood and building materials whenever possible. By installing high-efficiency, in-duct air filtration systems and lots of natural ventilation, we insure a safe, clean indoor air environment.

Reducing the Structure's Overall Impact

The best way to achieve this goal is to only build as much home as the client needs. By keeping our homes to scale within the environment we reduce energy costs and are able to spend money where it really counts, in the details. Passive design strategies such as building shape and orientation, the use of natural lighting and passive solar design can dramatically affect building energy performance and lower energy costs. We use recycled materials such as blown-in cellulose insulation (made with up to 50% post consumer waste) and metal roofing which not only is recycled, but will last up to four times as long as conventional asphalt shingles.