All posts by Roland Ward

Sustainable housing projects are one of my favorite topics it’s so funny nowadays people are talking about this very topic.  From everyone I come across — from my colleagues to friends and family, everyone seems to be talking about sustainability.  As it relates to construction projects, from my perspective, this topic is well-covered.

Being an architect for over a decade, I am thrilled to be able to talk about one of my favorite topics: sustainability.  When I went to the Harvard, one of my professors proclaimed that sustainable construction is the future of our lives and, by golly, my professor was correct. Everyday builders are constantly asking me about sustainability and construction.  Coincidence? I think not.

Sustainable home projects tend to be twofold with the benefits they provide.  From the buyer’s perspective, great energy efficiencies are had, while on the environmental side, great savings for planet Earth are realized.  Can you believe why we’re not talking about this more? when I joined organization I was thrilled because as my professor at Harvard proclaimed, this is a new era we’re living in

The sustainability of housing has never been more important than it is today. Houses are coming and going.  Building materials are more costly than they’ve ever been, and transportation considerations have got to be top-of-mind for many professionals.  But as we are living in a new age and new challenges are upon us, we have got to keep in mind how we are sustaining our livelihood for future generations.

Are we building in the right way now? I would beg to say that we are doing better than we have in the past.  On the topic of sustainable housing, you will realize that there’s a lot of thought leaders pondering the issue.  From the best of my intellectual abilities and experience on the topic, I would say that we have a ways to go.

Have you ever heard of hexapolygranite materials?   These are materials that are still in testing, but will one day be available for all sustainable housing.  It’s a topic that’s dear to my heart and top of mind for my colleagues and I.   Do I think one day that we will be living with sustainable housing primarily composed of the best of materials? I think so.  After all, we are well on our way.

Sustainable materials when building new constructions are constantly adapting to new demands in the marketplace.  Whether that deals with new home constructions or commercial renovations, only time will tell how quickly our efforts are realized in the marketplace

Green home building comes in many shades and styles. The manufacturing construction and operation of residential buildings consumes approximately 20% of America’s energy. Building green is the solution. Home owners can incorporate green into their homes in so many different ways. It really starts with the site preservation, as far as, designing the house around the trees and the lot itself to sealing the house and preventing heat from escaping to using natural stone products like slate in the house. Also using concrete counter tops. There’s just so many different things that you can implement in going green. Many green building methods like site planning and the use of green materials are low cost while providing energy savings. Using recycled, renewable, non-toxic materials improves the indoor environment while promoting conservation of natural resources.

Depending on your home buliders like to use renewable sources wherever possible. Builders were concerned about energy efficiency, but they kind of neglected the quality of the air in the home. To me green in construction is in two phases: the building materials that you use and the other is the quality of the air and they try to address both.

Empowered with this information today’s environmentally conscious homeowner demands a home that is built for energy and resource efficiency from the ground up. It’s definitely important to have a green home. It teaches me and the people around me to be efficient and to take care of nature. Without nature we don’t live. With energy efficiency there’s a lot of things that are important. The way society’s going right now it’s hard to teach a lot of that to the younger generation so they try to do as they can to show them the proper ways to be efficient.

Smart site planning is the first component of building an environmentally responsible home. A skilled design team can assess the site and design a home that complements the existing landscape. Slopes, views, and present vegetation are critical factors designers take into consideration. Building a green home and incorporating design strategy is really critical to the success of the project. Being able to walk the site and utilizing the aspects that the site brings to the table, the position of the sun across the land, the views that might be available to the property, and working with the things that the client really loved about the project in the first place and why they chose that particular site.

Taking a green approach results in better homes. Helping owners save money and providing the inhabitants with a healthier environment while preserving our planet for future generations. The important thing is to start building green and learn the rest along the way. Builders get smarter about their processes every time they do it because you find out what’s important.  The build team creates functional livable healthy homes. We have neglected this earth long enough and builders work very hard to make their homes livable for the customers. We need to think about the earth that we’re leaving our kids.

A green building team brings an experienced and knowledgeable perspective to any new construction or renovation project. Whether your concerns are accessibility, air quality, sustainability, or energy efficiency the building team delivers concepts to meet your needs. Establishing the client’s needs takes quite a while. In the very beginning the builders spend a lot of time up front meeting with them discussing all of the things they’d like to bring into the design of the home. The builder also brings the team together in the beginning to walk the site and find out from the client’s perspective what it was that they liked about that particular location. They then bring their own ideas to the table and decide what could be the best solution for integrating all of their design ideas considering their budget and construction processes to decide what their project site will allow. The builder should approach every project with the client’s needs and desires in mind.