The benefits are:
Conservation of natural resources • Enhancement and protection of the property’s natural surroundings • Improved indoor air quality • Improved health and comfort of residents • Minimized impact on the local infrastructure • Reduction of construction waste sent to landfills
Eco-Friendly and Green Building
Avoid West-Facing Construction
This minimizes sun exposure and helps keep the house cool.
Use Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) for Construction
These are efficient, lightweight, and structurally sound.
Select Environmentally Friendly Materials
Use low-VOC or no-VOC stains and varnishes.
Avoid Cabinetry and Fixtures Containing Chemicals
Look for cabinetry and fixtures with no formaldehyde, heavy metals, and dyes.
Insulate the Home Properly
This reduces energy consumption in all weather.
Use Energy Star Appliances and Windows
Low energy consumption refrigerators, clothes dryers, hot water heaters, etc. You can also install low water consumption toilets, water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines, and showers.
Think Green HVAC
Get a geothermal heat pump, radiant floor heating, or Energy Star HVAC system.
Protect the Property
Make sure the construction isn’t obtrusive to wetlands, protected wildlife, or vegetation.
Optimize for Solar Power
Install solar panels on the roof.
Ventilate the Attic
This lowers cooling costs by preventing heat build up.
Use Eco-Friendly Lighting
Optimize sunlight with lots of windows and supplement with LEED certified light fixtures.
Install a Cistern
Collect rainwater for gray water uses, such as toilets and sprinkler systems.
Choose Indigenous Landscaping
Local plants are better for the environment than exotics.