High Performance Building

The practice of green building expands the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability and comfort to include a broader spectrum of criteria including its impact on the natural environment and human health. There are a vast array of tools, technologies & methods used to support the goals of green building. Some of them are:

GENERAL METHODS

  • Custom Site Design
  • Use of Infill Lots
  • Minimal Site Disturbance
  • Construction Debris Recyling
  • Deconstruction & Reuse or Recycling

HEATING AND COOLING

AIR QUALITY

BUILDING MATERIALS

  • Composite Exterior Trim
  • Composite Decking
  • Fibercement Siding
  • Forest Stewardship (FSC) Certified wood materials
  • Reclaimed materials
  • Recycled materials
  • Recyclable materials

FRAMING

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

  • Tight Buildings
  • Polar Blanket Insulation
  • Spray Foam Insulation
  • Sealed Ducts
  • Positive Pressurization
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Zonal Heating
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Compact Fluorescent Lights
  • LED Lights
  • Automatic Closet & Pantry Switching
  • High-Efficiency Water Heating Systems
  • Maximizing natural lighting
  • Solar electric and hot water systems

WATER CONSERVATION

  • Conserving Toilets & Appliances
  • Graywater systems
  • Rainwater catchment systems
  • Bioswales
  • Permeable pavement and other technologies that allow water infiltration