Sustainable Design – Building in Harmony

Sustainable DesignYour home or business can be designed to harmonize with everything from local climate, soil and water conditions to the people, plants and animals that are co-inhabitants of your area. For aMortonDesign, sustainability is not a one size fits all solution. Each project offers different opportunities and limitations.  We work with clients and contractors to find the most appropriate solutions for the values, goals, and budget of your project.

As a LEED Accredited Professional, Andrea Morton is keenly aware of the environmental impact of every project. This expertise helps us guide the selection of materials with high recycled content, show preference for locally sourced products, and identify energy saving and producing technologies. Your contribution to protecting the environment can be as significant as achieving “net zero” energy consumption or even a “zero-carbon footprint” building, having minimal and even a positive impact on the planet. We are passionate about creating good design while balancing the concerns of reducing carbon footprint, supporting local business, and material lifecycle analysis.

aMortonDesign often looks to vernacular design and construction methods for inspiration and time-tested solutions. The vernacular is locally developed, native to an environment, or adapted to be in keeping with its context. Andrea Morton has travelled the world extensively and experienced firsthand the value of practicing sustainable architecture across cultures, climates, and economic conditions. We strive to create buildings and spaces that meet your needs today and are able to adapt over time in response to changes in occupants or surroundings.

Sustainability Equates to Excellence in Design

storage spacesYour sustainable design will delight and inspire as you work in your business or enjoy life at home. Excellent sustainable design requires foresight and planning for the concerns of local systems, reducing carbon footprints, supporting local businesses, and making wise material choices. Architecture that combines appropriate site selection with beauty, function and environmentally sensitive construction methods best serves the needs of building owners as well as the community.

Perhaps adapting an existing building makes sense for your specific project. This minimizes demolition sent to landfills and preserves the fabric and history of the community. Specifying materials produced locally supports the businesses and economy in your own backyard. Products and materials with high recycled content promote innovation in the effort to reduce waste, which also supports creativity in manufacturing.

Designing and engineering for maximum energy efficiency reduces operating costs and conserves resources. When materials need to be removed, we find ways to reuse or donate items to minimize what goes to a landfill. Conversely, your project may give new life to items salvaged from buildings that are historically or personally relevant. As our client, we will work with you and the right contractors to assure that your project will fulfill your values, goals, and budget.