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What is Sustainable?

Amidst the growing trend of embracing sustainability, it's rare to find companies who can articulate a clear definition of what 'being green' truly entails. Here at Sustainable 9, we differentiate ourselves by adhering to a framework of 9 fundamental sustainability principles.

Our 9 Principles of Sustainability

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1. Promote Healthy Living

We aim to create a comfortable, safe, and allergy-free living space by using non-toxic materials, clean ventilation, water filtration, and natural light.

2 Prioretize High Performance

2. Prioritize High Performance

We aim to lower the annual operational energy of our homes by investing in the building shell, windows, and mechanical systems.

3 Catch and Store Energy

3. Catch & Store Energy

We aim to lower the carbon footprint of our homes' by offering solutions such as geothermal, PV solar, battery systems, heat recovery, green roofs, and passive solar.

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4. Select Renewable Materials

We aim to reduce the embodied energy of our homes by selecting natural, non-toxic, recycled, low-GWP, and carbon-negative materials.

5 Built to Last V2

5. Built To Last

A home is not a disposable product. We prioritize durability and craftsmanship to ensure our work lasts for generations.

6 Minimize Waste

6. Minimize Waste

We aim to use materials that are locally sourced, responsibly grown, recycled, or reclaimed while making sure all construction waste is properly sorted.

7 Listen and Respond

7. Listen & Respond

We aim to listen attentively to our clients and neighbors and create designs that are responsive to the site and its surroundings.

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8. Plan For The Future

We aim to future-proof our designs by building homes that support the environment, urban density, aging-in-place, and intergenerational living.

9 Educate and Inspire

9. Educate & Inspire

We aim to create thoughtfully designed, inviting spaces that challenge others to build similarly.

Trust Us–We’re Certified

Every custom home we complete receives third-party certification to verify we are meeting the our sustainability goals.  

The anatomy of a high performance home

Use the menu bar to the right to explore the key elements of a high performance home. 

Triple Pane Windows

Windows tend to be the weak point in any wall assembly. Selecting better windows therefore makes a significant impact on the overall performance of your home. High quality windows also reduce drafts through improved air-tightness. Both of these factors make living in your home a more comfortable experience. 

Super Insulated

Upgrading the amount of insulation around the entire building envelope help reduce energy demands and increase comfort. There are a lot of different strategies to create a super insulated building, but one of the best is exterior continuous insulation (ECI). 

Airtight Construction

One of the goals of modern construction is to make the building envelope extremely air-tight to prevent infiltration and loss of conditioned air. A small change in the air-tightness of a building can make a big difference in both performance and comfort. 

See Our Work Up Close

Each project is a labor of love—elevated through thoughtful touches, sharpened by quality finishes, and artfully crafted by our talented team.

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Let’s Craft Your Perfect Home