Cape Cod Residential Architect, Designer and Custom Home Builder
Deborah Paine: Cape Cod Residential Architect and Green Home Builder
Our typical spray foam insulation is either soy based or recycled plastic based ingredients. For more info please visit
Deborah Paine: Cape Cod Residential Architect and Green Home Builder
The interior finish of this apartment is 90% recycled materials.
US Green Building Council Member NAHB Member

Deborah Paine, Distinctive Custom Homes, Cape Cod.

Green Building

We are excited that the concept of "Green Building" has finally become a part of the mainstream; we have been practicing green strategies for several years.

Deborah Paine: Cape Cod Residential Architect and Green Home Builder But what exactly is building green? It has a surprisingly different meaning depending on who you ask.

Sorting through the choices in products, systems, building techniques and construction standards can be overwhelming for our clients to wade through. At DPI we can help sort through your desire to be green in your project with the financial investment you are willing to make. We do this through a series of meetings at the conceptual stages of the project. After carefully listening to your goals and asking questions, we will put together a green model strategy for your home. The green model for your project will include discussions around methods to achieve your goals. There are many ways to get there and there are a lot of strong opinions about what is best.

We will guide you through the process of selection giving you options based on experience, intuition, and sharing the model strategy with our mechanical engineers and various installers. They will provide estimates and information to help make good choices for an individual project. Among the green design methods you hear a lot about are: net zero, passive solar, environmental sustainability, photovoltaic, solar hot water, geothermal, heat pumps, super insulation and the various building envelope types.

Whether restoring original sash to comply with Historic guidelines, reusing timbers from a demolition to rebuild or offering reclaimed wood for flooring, we seek out materials and methods to preserve not only a client's home, but also the natural resources that surround us, locally and globally. Living and working in the fragile environment here on Cape Cod, we bring a certain pride in environmental stewardship to every project.

DPI works with engineers, subcontractors, lumberyards, heavy machinery operators, insulators and mechanical engineers to design every new home to be healthy and energy efficient using as many green building products and practices as budget and client will allow. Our team presents the same attention to detail for remodeling and renovation so that existing and older homes may have the same advantages that today's technology offers new construction.

Here is how we do it:
  • There are many vehicles available to rate, certify and acknowledge your energy-efficient project, including LEED, NAHB Model Green Building and ICC-NAHB National Green Building Standard Certification and/or Energy Star; we have the ability to get your project certified.
  • Use building products that call for a minimum of waste.
  • Use recycled building products like Advantech, TrusJoist and Parallam for our subfloors, floor joists and headers, which are all formaldehyde-free products.
  • Use soy and recycled plastic based foam insulations by Demilec. We use Bonded Logic Ultra Touch denim batt insulation where we can or Johns Manville formaldehyde free batts, a rigid board insulation that is also formaldehyde-free.
  • Re-purpose demolition materials into the new design as much as possible.
  • We keep an inventory of reclaimed building products for re-purposed uses.
  • Encourage the use of Energy Star Products
  • Use FSC certified products and tropical hardwoods for decks, or recycled plastic decking like Trex and Azek.
  • Recycled plastic decking like Trex and Azek. Reclaimed flooring is sought out for use in new homes and remodels.
  • We use trim and moldings from tree-farmed forests rather than clear cut, or in exterior applications use synthetic trim where we can.
  • Where applicable we can use fiber-cement siding. We love reclaimed siding: barn wood, poplar bark, FSC certified shingles.
  • We're dying to do a green roof system!!!
  • We use recycled plastic products for cedar roof shingle underlayment and ridge vents.
  • All of our construction debris is sorted and recycled.
  • Use and specify the most energy-efficient home heating and cooling systems Use photovoltaic, wind turbines and geothermal as applicable
In our efforts to keep on top of the newest technologies and materials, our staff continues their education and, along with our vendors, explores every available avenue so that we may offer the best and most cost efficient products for use in the unique environment of Cape Cod.

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Cape Cod architecture firm, residential designer and custom home builder providing excellence in luxury home construction, remodeling,
renovations, and restorations in Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, and Orleans.