Recycle construction waste: Set up your site with separate bins for daily recycling and hire demolition contractors that recycle the demolition materials.
Paving and Landscaping
Encourage drought tolerant landscape and low flow drip irrigations. Use permeable paving in yards and driveways to reduce stormdrain runoff.
Foundation, Framing and Roofing
Request a concrete mix containing fly ash and/or slag. Use engineered lumber, steel, FSC certified wood and Oriented Strand Board instead of standard solid lumber and plywood. (Forest Stewardship Council)
Plumbing, Appliances, Air Conditioning and Heating
Insulate heating pipes. Install on-demand hot water heaters. Use water efficient faucet and fixtures. Make sure there is natural ventilation for successful air flow through the building and roof. Install south facing windows for warmth, and protect them with overhangs, awnings, and deciduous trees for cooling. Check ductwork for leakage. Install HVAC systems with non-HCFC refrigerants and Merv 6 minimum filters. Install carbon monoxide alarms. exceed Title 24 standards in energy efficiency.