William Maclay - Vermont Architects and Planners
Choices in Sustainability
Materials & Specifications

All materials specified have been researched and assessed based on the criteria indicated below to balance differing concerns. There are no perfect materials. All material selections involve trade offs. The Vermont Healthy Home has been designed for the average person. For someone who is severely chemically sensitive, materials should be specified beyond those of the typical Vermont Healthy Home, to fit individual needs.

The following are the criteria used in evaluating materials in the Vermont Healthy Home:

• Durability.
• Use of local resources.
• Toxicity assessment.
• Recycled and recyclable products.
• Reduction in energy used to produce materials.
• Cost.