The time has come for us as Building contractors, sub-contractors , vendors and homeowners to acknowledge the need for and the pursuit of the philosophy of building green. Our environment demands nothing less. We must embrace energy efficiency. We must utilize alternative sources of energy. It makes sense for our customers to enjoy life in their homes without fear of their next utility bill or whether their homes can withstand rain, snow and wind.
How do we get there? With education we can improve the homes we live in, the quality of life and the environment. All it takes is common sense and the commitment to Green Building. Here are the 6 guidelines that lay out the way to approach a project.
Lot Preparation and Design - Even before the foundation is poured, careful planning can reduce the home’s impact on natural features such as vegetation and soil; and enhance the home's long-term performance. Such preparation can provide significant value to the homeowner, the environment, and the community.
Resource Efficiency - Advanced framing techniques and home designs can effectively optimize the use of building materials. There should be an effort to reduce construction waste by efficient use of building products, recycling unused materials and where possible use recycled contents products.
Energy Efficiency – This is the most quantifiable aspect of green building. The information in this section will help a builder create a better building envelope and incorporate more energy efficient mechanical systems, appliances, and lighting into a home, yielding long-term utility bill savings and increased comfort for the homeowner.