Green Building

The built environment is a major source of our energy consumption and GHG emissions. Click on the topics below to learn about what actions you can take to make your home and landscape a "greener" place.

 

Insulation and Air Sealing

Up to 30% of home energy use in California is used for heating and cooling. If your home isn’t properly sealed, that money is being thrown away! Use the resources at Energy Upgrade California to find programs available through your utility, and some basic recommendations.




 

 

Sustainable Landscaping

Want to reduce the water and GHG impact of your landscaping without sacrificing the look and "lounge-ability"? There's no need to sacrifice function - click below to find out how to enjoy your lawn and garden while reducing the impact on your carbon footprint.




 

 

Planning for Solar Panels and Electric Vehicles

A renovation is a great time to upgrade the electrical wiring in your home. When you do, make sure that you have the proper panel capacity and wiring pre-installed to support solar, battery storage, and electric vehicle charging.




 

 

Energy and Water Efficient Appliances

Did you know: According to ENERGY STAR, washing dishes in a new ENERGY STAR certified machine rather than hand washing can cut your utility bills by more than $40 per year. Click below to find out more.




 

 

Green Building Materials

Are you building new or improving your home? Think about the materials you’re using. Click below to learn more about the benefits that green building materials can offer to a building owner and the occupants.




 

 

Cool Roof

Want to improve the insulation and beauty of your home? Consider building a cool roof on your house! A cool roof can last longer than a traditional asphalt shingle roof, while offering greater insulation values and saving you money.




 

 

Green Building Standards

Build a better building: It’s difficult to know how to build a better home on your own. Luckily, there are numerous programs that provide guidance and certification for “green” construction. Even if you don’t want to pay for certification, many of these organizations provide free materials or links to certified professionals who can guide you on your green building journey.




 

Disclaimer: The information provided on this page is not presented in a specific order. Recommendations are presented based on a combination of perceived ease of implementation and potential GHG reduction, and are subject to change at any time.