Green Building Benefits
A quality building envelope is designed for durability with an airtight seal to help prevent mold, control indoor air quality and minimize the energy needed to heat and cool.
- High level insulation
- Performance measured air sealing
- High performance windows
- Minimize heating and cooling loads
- Moisture control
- Building orientation
Protection and conservation of water supplies through new generation of cost effective, high efficiency appliances and landscape water management.
- Ultra low flush or dual flush toilets
- Fixtures below standard flow rates showers
- Low-water landscaping, native landscaping, or no irrigation
- Storm management; permeable paving
Properly designed heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems will provide a comfortable environment and energy savings.
- Properly sized mechanical equipment
- Programmable thermostats
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Provide safe and healthy indoor air quality in our homes. Limit off-gassing of chemicals found in many building materials.
- No added urea formaldehyde in wood products
- Low or no VOC paint, adhesives and finishes
- Sealed combustion furnace and water heater
- High performance filters
- No wood burning fireplace
- Automatically controlled bathroom and range hood exhausts
- Energy Star Indoor Air Quality certification option
The goal to design and construct buildings for low energy use is typically the number one priority. By adopting construction practices to reduce consumption of natural resources, limit job site waste, and encourage durable products the use of precious resources and materials can be reduced.
- Reuse demolition waste
- Recycle demolition and construction waste
- Minimum 25% fly ash (high volume recycled) in concrete
- Engineered lumber
- Recycled content finishes
- Design for easy maintenance and longevity
- Rapidly renewable finishes
- Design for longevity of place