Green Building Practices

Green building is a "Whole-Systems" approach for designing and constructing buildings that conserve energy, water, and material resources and are healthier, safer, and more comfortable.

Green Building in Practice

In practical terms, green building includes:

  • Using sun and wind to the building's advantage for natural heating, cooling, and day lighting
  • Landscaping with native plants and using water efficiently
  • Building quality, durable structures
  • Insulating well and ventilating appropriately
  • Incorporating salvaged, recycled, and sustainably harvested materials
  • Maintaining healthy indoor air quality with appropriate building techniques and materials
  • Using energy-efficient and water-saving appliances and fixtures
  • Reducing and recycling construction waste