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Guide to Building "Green"

Green Building Resources

The modern homeowner is increasingly environmentally conscious. Whether the end goal is to reduce energy bills, or whether it's out of a desire to protect the environment for the next generation, more and more people are embracing green architecture and building technology. At Donald A. Gardner Architects, we want you to understand what green building is and just what is involved when we are building a green home for you.

Green Building Design Defined

Green building design uses architectural strategies and smart individual home features to reduce energy and natural resource consumption. The green building concept is built around using sustainable building materials, renewable resources, and materials with a low environmental impact whenever possible. Donald A. Gardner Architects incorporates these concepts into several house plans.


Eco-friendly homes also incorporate energy-saving features, such as low-energy lighting and low-flow faucets wherever possible. This combination — using sustainable materials to build the structure and choosing eco-friendly for the features that make it a functional home — reduces the environmental impact to a minimum.

Tips for Green Building

As you examine, research and shop for floor plans, keep your green building design ideas in mind, incorporating these tips:
Choose a plan that allows plenty of natural light.
Add energy-efficient finishes whenever possible.
Choose low-VOC paints and finishes.
Opt. for renewable, sustainable flooring, such as bamboo.
Install energy-efficient appliances.
Consider high-efficiency HVAC systems.

Remember, each little change you make in your home and its design can add up to big savings in terms of your environmental footprint.

Find Accurate Information About Green Building Techniques

The vast amount of information available about building green can be overwhelming. To assist our customers in making environmentally sensitive decisions while building their new home, Donald A. Gardner Architects has compiled this handy guide to building green.

Resources
Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy
Energy Star
Environmental Protection Agency
EPA-Watersense
Forest Stewardship Council
National Association of Home Builders
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
National Resources Conservation Service
United States Green Building Council
EarthCraft House (Southeast region)
Green Building Resource Guide
Green Home Guide
Health House
Low Impact Living
Solar Living Institute
Architecture 2030
Building Green
Ecologue
Green Home
Green Living Tips
New American Dream
National Fenestration Rating Council
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


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