What are the key principles of building Green?
Insures that materials are reused or recycled and that construction impact on indigenous landscaping is kept minimal. This can include anything from verified recycling to the active protection of existing trees during remodeling.
We seek to minimize water use in ways that are largely transparent to the end user. This can include anything from a low-flow toilet to hot water recirculation system to a Solar Hot Water System.
This area encourages the selection of environmentally friendly materials and the use of building practices that encourage durability. This can be accomplished in a number of ways including:
- Optimal Value engineering that use less raw material.
- Use of materials from environmentally stewarded forests.
- Use of recycled, reclaimed, rapidly renewable or locally manufactured materials.
This area focuses on reducing the carbon footprint of your home. This can be touched on by installing an Energy Star dishwasher or achieved more dramatically through the incorporation of solar energy technologies.
This area calls for the use of materials and systems that improve the air quality inside a home – You may install something as simple as a low wattage, always on bathroom fan; use low V.O.C. paints; use formaldehyde free products; and/or install an automated fresh air circulation system to collect points in this area.