"Many people refer to 'green design', and the recent public interest is welcome. This is not a new idea, however, just a new emphasis on a sound and responsible approach that should always be a part of architects' and builders' thinking."
- John R. DaSilva, AIA, Architect and Design Principal
At Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders we have a broad and inclusive design philosophy that includes a commitment to an ethic of thoughtful sustainability. We are fortunate to be working in a place with a beautiful and valuable natural and built context. We believe we have a responsibility to understand, respect, and produce sustainable additions to that context. We promote this ethic with our clients--and this has lead to their increased willingness to accept the sustainable approaches to context, siting, light, durability, and conservative use of resources that are primary principles in our design and construction philosophy.
We are also deeply committed to an aspect of sustainability that is much harder to quantify but is equally important. For a building to be truly sustainable--to be useful and beloved through generations--it has to be based on more than merely fashion or adherence to a certification system. In addition to being worthy on technical and functional grounds, if it isn’t beautiful, it isn’t sustainable.