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Green by Design

Non-toxic + Sustainable Building

There’s green and there’s Living Stone green. All Living Stone homes are green by design. We mindfully select each element that makes your home a happier, healthier place to live. To us, green is not a catchphrase or an upgrade. It’s how we build each home with the highest integrity. Our stewardship of your comfort and health guides every step of our Design + Build process, and is the heartbeat of the Living Stone difference.

ENERGY EFFICIENT DESIGN – From the high-efficiency windows, to the insulated concrete forms, specialty plumbing fixtures, heat pump water heaters and efficient HVAC systems, every function of a Living Stone home reduces your energy bills and keeps you comfortable with the lowest energy outputs possible. All of our homes are Energy Star and NC Greenbuilt Certified.

INDOOR AIR QUALITY – Many builders and homeowners overlook the importance of airflow and best practices that can improve air quality, health and comfort. Our architects, builders, and interior designers prescribe low or non-toxic materials to reduce risks associated with breathing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), and then we educate you on the importance of non-toxic furniture in order to live green.

PASSIVE SOLAR HEATING – Living Stone homes are designed and built to retain as much heating or cooling as possible, maximizing the principles of passive solar design.

SOLAR PANELS – Many of our homes make use of solar energy. Panels can be installed subtly, often unnoticeable from the street level. All Living Stone homes are built Net Zero Ready.

CHEMICAL ABSORBING DRYWALL – We optimize the safety and health of your home by utilizing a drywall substitute that reduces VOCs and absorbs other toxic gaseous materials.

LOCALLY SOURCED MATERIALS – To keep our carbon footprints as small as possible, we locally source many of our construction, landscape, and furnishing materials, including FSC certified woods.

LANDSCAPE AND DRAINAGE – We work with landscape architects to create drought-resistant and low maintenance garden designs. We ensure proper drainage techniques to keep your property and your land safe, and beautiful.