Resource Efficiency

Resource efficiency is an essential part of green building, and a skillful designer can make it appealing, structurally sound, and less costly than traditional building.

Open floor plans in passive solar home designs contribute to resource efficiencyOpen floor plans are an example of resource efficiency because they have fewer interior walls. It’s that simple - fewer walls mean fewer materials and that means less money.

The same idea of resource efficiency applies to the advanced products and framing techniques we use in the rest of your home. 

 Insulatated concrete forms reduce material waste and create an energy efficient foundations

Premanufactured exterior sheathing reduces construction time and waste on site
Premanufactured roof and floor trusses are resource efficient because they use less wood than beams made of dimensional lumber.
Long lasting, low maintenance fiber cement siding is part of a resource efficicient home because of its durability
Sustainable home design and construction use products containing recycled content
 Composite decking made of recycled wood and plastic create a long lasting deck for this sustainable  home in Northwest Arkansas

Framing Materials

Insulated concrete forms, structural insulated sheathing, and panelized wall sections reduce material waste and labor costs. Engineered products such as laminated beams and pre-manufactured roof and floor trusses use less material, are lighter in weight, and are more structurally stable than solid wood.

Durable, low-maintenance exterior finish products like fiber cement siding and composite deck materials last longer and require minimal upkeep.

We explain these energy and resource efficient material options and techniques to you throughout the design process.