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WHY BUILD GREEN? 

Green Building puts the focus on what humans are hardwired for: fresh air, daylight, comfort, and to be in sync with the natural world; while also accessing state-of-the-art systems, products and technologies. LCC (lifecycle cost) and LCA (life-cycle assessment) are given priority.

 

Best Practices:

  • Certify via USGBC LEED or EPA ENERGY STAR

  • Build in accordance with climate zone and ecosystem

  • Optimize site orientation and apply whole-site design

  • Resource and energy efficiency in design, construction and operations

  • Use materials that are recycled, durable, non-toxic and rapidly renewable

  • Conserve and reuse water on-site

  • Treat storm water on-site

  • Promote health re: indoor air quality and construction waste

  • Integrate natural day lighting and ventilation

  • Cost savings

 

 

GREEN MAXIMIZES: Finances, tax credits, market value of home, disaster protection, homeland security via renewable energy, support of local businesses, smart design, and quality results

 

GREEN MINIMIZES: Energy use by 20-50%, water use by 30-50%, storm water run-off, pesticide and toxic chemical use; resource and construction waste; human and environmental disease
 

WHOLE-SITE (or INTEGRATED) DESIGN

Green building practices are much more than simply adding green materials to a structure.  An important component is about using a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates just about all aspects of design of the site and the building, including the building envelope as well as an integrated landscaping plan.  The results are holistic, similar to the synchronicity and awesomeness of a musical symphony.  The parts harmonize with one another to create a beautifully intended result.  Whole-site building design works best early in the design process as the design-build team establishes a game plan for how individual materials and technologies will interact with one another for an ideal outcome.  We now have exact engineering software methods to predict superb results. Integrated design can result in "first-cost" and "long-term" cost savings and significantly increase the market value of a home or building. 

EXAMPLES OF WHOLE-SITE DESIGN:

  • Passive solar design of a building saves up to 20% in energy use.  It saves money via downsized and less stressed HVAC systems, and through the need for less artificial lighting and fixtures. People are happy to have more access to daylight and natural ventilation.
  • Strategically placed windows, a right-sized/highly efficient HVAC system, and shading with landscape and window coverings can result in first cost savings and immediate energy savings
  • LRV (light reflectance value) of paint color and shading can lower heat loads dramatically
  • Storm water and gray water (all water previously used in any home, excluding toilet and kitchen sink water) can be reused for landscape irrigation and toilet flushing. 

 

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HEALTHY INDOOR AIR QUALITY (IAQ): A MUST!!!

Allergies, asthma, compromised immune systems and sick-building syndrome are concepts that are significantly reduced or non-issues in a well-designed home or building. 

  • Use of devises that measure and improve air quality prior to people moving into the building 

  • Significant reductions of dust and mold due to high quality HVAC systems and attention to humidity factors

  • Air circulation systems that regularly allow for fresh air and ensure the protection of the already conditioned air

  • Insulation and sealants in the right places, and state-of-the-art window choices; this removes and/or lessens typical air pollutants from such sources as fireplaces and furnaces, pesticides, radon, mold, dust, cleaning products, cooking, and conventional building materials

  • Less off-gassing from VOCs (volatile organic compounds) by using less toxic building materials

TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE:
PEOPLE, PLANET, PROFIT

DID YOU KNOW THAT...

The US creates 25% of greenhouse gases worldwide, yet contains 5% of the worlds population.

The EPA says that Americans spend 90% of their time indoors and that the average indoor air is 4-10 times more polluted than outside air on the smoggiest day.

A typical new structure releases indoor air toxins for 5 years.

 

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