HHB creates properties that are distinguished by understated elegance, thoughtful floor plans, and meticulous detail. The guiding principles for the firm’s projects are to be mindful of how their buildings will become part of the fabric of their community. No two projects will be alike, as the aesthetic of each home is attuned to the history and architecture of each neighborhood.
We believe that indoor air and water quality are overlooked aspects of sustainable development. The firm’s core principle is to pioneer the use of materials, systems, and design to protect the health and wellness of its occupants through improvements in indoor air and water quality. We carefully test and select construction materials in order to incorporate non-toxic or minimally-toxic products. Our buildings combine architecturally-contextual exteriors with clean, green building technologies. By minimizing energy usage and harmful chemicals, we strive to provide homeowners with a better and healthier interior home environment.
Our focus on indoor air quality begins with the careful selection of building materials. Many conventional construction products emit harmful vapors including formaldehyde, phthalates, PBDEs and VOCs. We use solid wood cabinets and millwork with absolutely no toxic glues or adhesives instead of conventional particleboard (MDF) or plywood cabinets which are the worst source of formaldehyde in homes.
Our buildings incorporate whole house air filtration systems, which optimize indoor air quality with a constant exchange and purification of fresh outdoor air. These filtration systems have been shown to dramatically reduce the incidence of respiratory illness triggered by exposure to household dust and chemical residues present in carpeting, furniture, and other home products.
Water filtration has become essential for homeowners looking to dramatically reduce exposure to harmful toxins. Our buildings incorporate a whole-house carbon water filtration system with to purify all incoming water from municipal water sources. With the addition of point-of-use microporous membrane full-flow filters (reverse osmosis), you will never have to buy bottled water again.
For maximum energy conservation we incorporate geothermal space heating and space cooling, as well as a solar powered water heating system. The solar water heating system is linked to the whole house water filtration and purification system to provide clean, solar-powered hot water. With the addition of an ultra-high efficiency condensing natural gas boiler and low temperature radiant floor heating in all the bathrooms, the residents will have a home which maximizes energy efficiency while minimizing costs.