Modern Sustainable Home Design

Creating a sustainable home can seem daunting at first.  However, when it comes to designing a sustainable home it must start at the beginning, it cannot be an add-on after the fact.  We incorporate this approach into all our projects and provide our clients with sustainable home design ideas from the start for healthy living. These ideas are aimed at making your home more energy efficient, secure, and healthy. 

The benefits of sustainable design can be clearly measured in energy savings and in the overall improvement of the environment.  However, the most important benefit is the impact it has on your health and your family’s health. The concept of biophilic design is not new, there are countless studies that demonstrate the impact of natural daylight and connection to nature as the key to bringing a peaceful and productive atmosphere into the home.  This melding between the interior and exterior worlds is inherent in our design philosophy and approach. 

Envision Sustainability

Sustainable Design Features


  • Super-insulated walls, floors, and roof
  • High-performance windows
  • Geothermal heat pump
  • Air-tight construction
  • LED lighting
  • Energy Star appliances


  • 100% photovoltaic power
  • Battery back-up
  • Solar electric car charger


  • Non-toxic, paint, and finishes with low or zero VOCs
  • Fresh air ventilation system
  • Water filtration system

Solar Power

At AV Architects + Builders, when we work with clients, we combine our experience and vision with their dreams to create Vacation Style Living™ that perfectly suits their needs. When it came time to build a home in Arlington, Virginia, our clients challenged us to take our environmental and low maintenance priorities a step further and go solar.