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Qualifications of a Green Home


According to the November 2007 issue of Builder Magazine, “a green-built home requires a comprehensive approach to land use, design, construction, and long-term operation without sacrificing its marketability or resale value.”  At the same time, “one look at the checklist of almost any green building certification program reveals a wide range of choices – from rough framing through finishes – that help qualify a house as making a superior and sincere effort to reduce its impact on the environment.” 


With the wide range of choices, there are multiple levels to which a home may qualify as green. The following are various elements and/or considerations which go into achieving different levels of green. 
See “Standards and Certifications” to learn more.

energy
Land/building site/lot development
Reclaimed or unused infill plots
Utilize and build upon the sites orientation to the sun and prevailing breezes (for passive heating and cooling) and existing landscape features
energy
Utilization of resources
(i.e. recycled products & materials)

Especially those that have a small environmental footprint such as structural engineered wood from abundant timber species
energy

Energy efficiency
Energy Star windows and appliances

energy
Water efficiency
On-demand or tankless water heaters
energy

Indoor environmental quality
Employing air tight home techniques

energy
Durability
Using products that have a long life
No/limited replacement possibility
energy

Ease of maintenance

energy
Overall global/environmental impact
 
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