Interest in sustainable architecture & green, eco friendly building design is greater than ever. Whether the concern is about allergies, energy costs, old-growth forests, or durability and long-term value, homeowners and builders are looking for ways to ensure that their homes are healthy, safe, beautiful, and efficient.
The staff at Tarzan Design are devoted to assisting our clients, both the homeowner and the builder or developer, in creating a home that is the smartest and best choice for the resident, the home site and the environment. As designers, we acknowledge our responsibility to help you meet the needs of today, without adversely affecting the needs of tomorrow. Ultimately, that is the reasoning behind the growing focus on building sustainable, green buildings.
There are so many decisions involved with building a new residence or renovating an existing structure. All the specifics accumulate to the point that it can be overwhelming. When approaching the design phase, it is essential to consider more than just the number of rooms, how the spaces will be used or the finished look of the place. How the building will fit in with the environment is extremely important. This is one of the major drivers of sustainable, green building design.
Affordability and design flexibility are typically the two areas most professionals and clients focus on. But here are some values that can be overlooked in the decision-making process. Ignoring these at the beginning can be a mistake that will stop you having the smartest, best home, one that's sustainable and eco friendly, for the time you are living in it. The old way of picking a site, a design, materials and a builder independently are no longer a good way. Making the smart environmentally friendly choice has huge paybacks!
- Site orientation
- Passive solar design
- Comfort, health & safety of the occupants - use safe materials
- Responsible use of natural resources - a core of sustainable building design
- Proven performance criteria - specific to your job and location - and ease of installation