- What is a Green Building?
A green building is good for your health, your pocketbook and the earth. It is energy and water efficient, sited to take advantage of existing trees and transportation options, and uses materials that are recycled, recyclable and non-toxic.
- Why go green?
- Green homes provide substantial savings in utility and maintenance costs and are more comfortable to live in. They are much less harmful to the environment than the average house.
- What components comprise a Green Building?
- There are five basic components to be considered in the design and construction of a green building:
- Materials are
valued for durability, local origins, and minimal environmental impact
during manufacture and reusability.
Development includes the initial
decisions about locating near amenities or bus stops and how to obtain
maximum solar and shade benefits and minimum land disturbance and erosion.
Conservation must be employed both
indoors and out with measures such ranging from low-flow shower heads
and water saving washers to xeriscaping and rainwater catchment.
Conservation can provide the greatest
savings through measures such as passive solar design, well-insulated
walls and roof, efficient air conditioners, appliances and lighting
and the use of renewable energy.
- Health is
enhanced in green homes due to proper air flow, reducing particulate
matter, and reducing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other toxic
compounds in building materials such as paints, adhesives, cabinetry,
pest control and floor coverings.