|In your home or at your business and with new construction or modifications to existing structures you can reduce your environmental impact.|
- Siting: Avoid building on undeveloped land. Consider how your building might impact local waterways, landscape and other features of the ecosystem. You can save a lot of energy and money by building near existing infrastructure roads and transportation, electric cables, water lines, etc. Incorporate into your plan ways to encourage access to open space for walking, exercising and just plain being outdoors.
- Water Efficiency: Reduce water usage inside and out by installing more efficient appliances, fixtures and fittings; and consider landscaping with water-wise plantings.
- Energy & Atmosphere: With buildings using 39% of the energy and 74% of the electricity produced each year in the U.S., you can reduce consumption in a variety of ways: using efficient design and construction, installing energy-efficient appliances and lighting; using renewable and clean sources of energy such as on-site solar power or off-site windpower.
- Materials and Resources: Buildings generate a lot of waste and use of a lot of materials and resources during construction and operation. You will be able to reduce the impact by using sustainably grown, harvested, produced and transported products and materials.
- Indoor Environmental Quality: With Americans spending 90% of their day indoors, you’ll want to improve indoor air quality and maximize access to natural daylight and views for you and your family, or your colleagues and employees.
More information on this topic may be found at:
U.S. Green Building Council
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