Best Building Practices

Best Building Practices

The following links take you to information on why and how to implement best building practices intended to reduce greenhouse gas impacts, save energy and water, and improve indoor air quality.

Natural Environment & Outdoor Water Conservation

On-Site Supervisor Tree and Natural Resource Protection Training

Water Efficient Landscape Plan

Limit Impervious Surface Area

Reduce Transportation Impacts

Select Small Lot with Walkable Access to Basic Services

Building Material Greenhouse Gas Footprint

Advanced Framing Techniques

Prefabricated Components, Engineered Wood or Steel Products, or Roof/Floor Trusses

Products that Contain Fewer Materials that Achieve the Same End Use

Finished Concrete/Masonry with No Additional Surface Material or No Trim on Doors/Windows

Adobe, Compressed Earth Block, or Rammed Earth

Locally-Sourced Vigas, Beams or Posts

Modular Dimensions (16- or 24-Inches)

Reduced Maintenance

Reduced Maintenance Costs and Impacts

Covered Exterior Entries and Roof Overhangs

Continuous Physical Termite Barrier Using No Toxic Materials

Drainage Mat for Foundation Weatherproofing

Universal Design Features

Increased Energy and Water Efficiency

Improved Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index and/or Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS)

Passive Solar Heating and Cooling Design

Efficient Heating and Cooling System Design

Ductwork Installed to Reduce Heat Loss

Heating and Cooling System Performance Verified

Heating and Cooling System Performance Maximized

Reduce Phantom Electric Loads

Site Personnel Training in Thermal Bypass and Insulation Installation

Control Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

Natural Draft Equipment Not Located in Conditioned Space

Air Handling Equipment Not Located in Garage

Sealed-Combustion Equipment Located in Conditioned Space

Use Heat Pump Air Handler and Locate in Conditioned Space

Control Fireplace and Fuel-Burning Appliance Pollution

Don't Include Attached Garage

Bathroom/Laundry Exhaust Fans with Automatic Timer, Motion Sensor and/or Humidistat

Active Radon System

Cental Vacuum System

Moisture Management

Plumbing Supply Distribution Lines Not Located Horizontally in Exterior Wall Cavity

Cold Water Pipes Not Installed in Unconditioned Space or are Insulated

HVAC Plenums and Ducts in Unconditioned Space Insulated to R-8

Pollution Impacts

Non PVC Water Supply Lines

No Carpet or Vinyl Flooring


Additional Items in Home- or Building-Owner Manual

On-Site Home- or Building-Owner Trainaing




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