A Common Sense Approach
Our approach to green building starts with common sense. Basic principles, such as siting the house to take advantage of passive solar gain, proper insulation and ventilation, and using the right windows, can make a huge difference in your home’s energy efficiency and impact on the environment. We also work with a LEED-certified architect and are a proud member of the New Hampshire Green Building Council. We’ll work with you to develop a green building plan that meets both your needs and budget.
Building Green From Start to Finish
Old Hampshire Designs is an Energy Star Partner and green building begins well before we break ground on your new home. Whether your home is conventionally framed, timber framed or a hybrid of the two, we can provide you with FSC-certified wood, grown in well-managed forests as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Timperpeg®’s factory cut frames from FSC-certified Douglas fir or eastern white pine grown here in the northeast, plus their Structural Insulated Panel (SIP’s) system of construction minimizes waste. As a building material, wood is a renewable resource, grown without artificial energy, and endures for generations. It is also important that our suppliers share the same commitment to sustainable practices and we seek out individuals and businesses that work towards green building.
Finding the Right Shade of Green
All Timberpeg homes exceed Energy Star ratings, and we can custom design your home to go up to the level of green that’s right for you. Technology has made former cost-prohibitive energy improvements, such as closed-cell insulation and solar voltaic shingles, more affordable than ever before. But it’s also important to understand which technologies make sense for your lifestyle and budget before you invest. We’ve been building “green” since we began in 1984, and can help you explore your green options to both reduce energy dependence and create a safe, healthy home.