Navigating around Monomoy Island off the coast of North America was one of the most difficult journeys ships to the New World could undertake.

But those that were prepared and skillful enough to make safe passage into new territory were highly rewarded for their ability to get there first.

The same is true for sustainability.  Having good intentions and willingness is not enough.  To succeed, you need a clear understanding of the hidden dangers and guidance from someone who knows the way.

Children who play along Monomoy's shores instinctively know to be true what the building industry is beginning to learn -- that healthy, sustainable environments are the best places to be.

These are the rare places that become more, not less, valuable with each passing year.  These are the places that inspire you to build something else.