An Architect's Dream Home: Designing and Choosing Sustainably

By Eileen Moore Koenigsberg

As an architect interested from day one in designing homes and commercial buildings that respond to the earth and the sun, I am thrilled that the green movement is becoming mainstream. There is so much we can do as architects, builders and consumers to ensure that recycled products are used, that less energy is expended to make a product or to use local products that dont take much energy to ship here. Waste is a huge problem in this world. The amount of waste when building or renovating a house can add up quickly. When we built our house in the mountains, we did not use a dumpster, we made piles. We reused what wood we could, have been burning all the