William Maclay - Vermont Architects and Planners
Choices in Sustainability
The Problem

Why Design the Vermont Healthy Home?

While we all live in different structures, we rarely think about the design of our homes until something goes wrong. The homes we live in are actually complex organisms. Our lifestyles and the design of the structure and mechanical systems cannot be separated. Building use, insulation systems, materials selection, heating and cooling systems, indoor air quality, and our health can not be separated in evaluating the performance and durability of a home. In the past, these factors have not typically been considered in a comprehensive and integrated fashion by either designers or occupants.

Some of the problems include:

  • Indoor air pollution
  • Building rot
  • Maintenance problems
  • Environmental concerns
  • Resource conservation