Green Building Ideas

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Fact Sheet

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While there are hundreds of green building techniques and products one can integrate into a home, green building should start with a "whole system" approach that takes into account natural processes and the interaction and integration of various building design and material components.

From this starting point, the most important consideration is to balance economic and time input costs with economic, personal, and environmental benefits. This fact sheet from Build It Green outlines some basic concepts and ideas important to creating a green home such as:

  • Choosing the right property
  • Choosing the right building team
  • Choosing the right home size
  • Working with the climate
  • Ensuring the home's overall seal
  • Designing for natural ventilation
  • Ensuring thermal comfort and indoor air quality
  • Selecting energy efficient appliances and lighting
  • Designing green landscaping
  • Reusing and recycling building materials

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