Sustainable design, also known as green design or eco-design, is the art of designing to comply with the principles of economic, social, and ecological sustainability. It is a growing trend within the fields of architecture, construction, and landscape design.
Sustainable design principles include the ability to:
- optimize site potential;
- minimize non-renewable energy consumption;
- use environmentally preferable products;
- protect and conserve water;
- enhance indoor environmental quality
Building in Harmony with Natural Resources and Features
Sustainable design recognizes that products and processes are interdependent with the environmental, economic, and social systems surrounding them.
Green design buildings are often designed to allow the users to feel more connected or to relate more closely to the natural environment. One aspect of this philosophy is that of designing a building that is in harmony with the natural features and resources surrounding the site.
Buildings account for a large amount of land use, energy and water consumption, and air and atmosphere alteration. Sustainably designed buildings are intended to lessen this environmental impact either when they are being created or when they are being used.
Integrating Sustainability into all aspects of Home Building
Utilizing a sustainable design philosophy encourages decisions at each phase of the design process that will reduce negative impacts on the environment and the health of the occupants, without compromising the bottom line. It is an integrated, holistic approach.
Every choice in layout, architecture, landscape, and construction considers sustainable resources and practices. Green materials—those made from renewable resources, with reduced environmental impacts and crafted through sustainable practices—are a critical aspect of sustainable design.
And That’s Where We Come In
As you know, Montana Timber Products are sustainably harvested and crafted. Our solid wood siding, flooring, and accents will look and function beautifully no matter your home design. And if you are designing your home sustainably, you’ll be happy to know our products are also the most environmentally friendly choice.