Shades of Green: A Green Building Guide for Youthbuild Associates

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White Paper

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This white paper is produced by YouthBuild, a division of the U.S. Department of Labor, which is dedicated to delivering job training in green construction practices across the country resulting in nationwide sustainable communities.

YouthBuild is also responsible for developing and maintaining the Shades of Green online green building manual with case studies, tip sheets, videos, getting started checklists, and a fast-growing collection of the best resources for green building.

Download this white paper by YouthBuild to learn about the steps involved in green construction including:

  • Design, layout and infrastructure
  • Lot selection
  • Low-impact lot development
  • Foundations and moisture management
  • Insulation
  • Floor framing and subfloor
  • Exterior wall systems
  • Roofing
  • Interior walls and trim
  • Exterior Finishes
  • Plumbing, electrical, and mechanical
  • Porches, stairs, and ramps
  • Finishing the home interior
  • Concrete flatwork
  • Sustainable landscaping
  • Deconstruction

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