Sustainable design has always been an inherent part of our thinking. We believe the most sustainable home is first and foremost a well-designed home. Careful and sensitive planning promotes positive environmental decisions, eliminates the negative impacts associated with conventional residential construction, and adds lifetime value to your home. Sustainable design helps guide the steps of the design process, from site selection to the specification of building materials. While there is not one single template for a sustainable home, we at Whitten Architects believe that the planning and design of one should be based on the following five principles.