Sustainability in the Hot, Humid South

Palmetto House Plan

 “Sustainability is not a one-time treatment or product. Instead, green building is a process that applies to buildings, their sites, their interiors, their operations, and the communities in which they are situated. The process of green building flows throughout the entire life-cycle of a project, beginning at the inception of project idea and continuing seamlessly until the project reaches the end of its life and its parts are recycled or reused.” (US Green Building Council. An Introduction to LEED and Green Building.)

At H2S, we are committed to designing sustainably and responsibly. All of our projects begin with a detailed site plan, which, along with our extensive knowledge of vernacular forms and passive design, allows us to create a home that fits with the site and consumes less energy. To us, energy efficiency is not all about the latest technologies, but also much about the traditional building practices of the hot and humid south. By integrating the knowledge of our ancestors, we are able to minimize the energy consumption of a home.

The primary advantage of sustainable design is the reduced impact that your home will have on the environment. Building green helps reduce greenhouse gases, water consumption and pollution from storm water runoff. By using renewable resources and green building materials, you can help conserve our natural resources and protect ecosystem biodiversity. Beyond the impact on our environment, there are many advantages to the homeowner as well. Lower utility bills, rebates, and tax credits will save you money. Your home will have enhanced indoor air quality and will be more comfortable (i.e. same temperature) throughout. Green homes have reduced home maintenance costs and have higher resale values.

Our location is perfectly suited to take advantage of plentiful, renewable energy from the sun. Installation of solar panels is becoming more cost-effective. Federal and state tax credits, net-metering and the ability to obtain a loan for initial installation makes solar energy accessible to most any homeowner. On average, the solar panel system will pay for itself in 9 years, with reduced energy costs from day one.