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"Green Building" is a set of design, construction, and operation practices that minimize a building's total environmental impact. Many green building techniques are simply those that consciously include and enforce good quality — durable materials used to construct, remodel, and maintain a house; more efficient use of energy to heat, cool, light, and run equipment; and reduced impact on the environment by the amount of water used and pollution caused by water runoff from roofs, lawns, and driveways.

We use our varied experiences in building, remodeling, and green home evaluations to follow a set of "best practices" for low-rise residential construction, taking into account the following eight principles during the design, site development, and construction phases of a project — all with an eye toward building a more environmentally-sensitive structure:
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Energy Efficiency

Reducing the energy required to live in a house by designing it from the beginning with reduced consumption and increased efficiency in mind through appropriate equipment selection and high quality construction methods.


 
Resource Efficiency

Reducing the total quantity of materials required to build or remodel a house, including selecting materials that are extracted, processed, and delivered to the job site with the least environmental impact and energy use; reusing previously used materials; and recycling of construction waste.



Durability

Using materials and methods that require less maintenance and increase the life of the structure; by reducing the frequency of repair and replacement, less waste is generated, and fewer materials are needed through the life of a house.


Water Efficiency

Reducing the amount of water used inside and outside the house through increased efficiency and minimizing opportunities for more consumption.

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Indoor Environmental Quality

Improving occupant health by controlling moisture, toxic materials, and pollutants inside the houses.



Homeowner Education and Maintenance

Educating homeowners and occupants to operate and maintain their homes to remain efficient, healthy, and durable throughout their lifetime.



Reduced Community Impact

Limiting negative economic effects on the local community through responsible development and construction practices; considering how the selection of materials has an impact on the health and economic conditions of the global community — workers and local residents where products are extracted and manufactured for use in homes.

Sustainable Site Development

Avoiding development of environmentally sensitive areas, orienting lots and homes to take advantage of the sun, promoting building near public transit and amenities to reduce driving, carefully managing the site during construction to reduce silt runoff and maintain native vegetation, and providing for permanent storm water management to reduce contaminant runoff from site to public waterways.

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