Eco-Friendly and Green Building

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.