Introduction to Residential Green Building in New England

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Green building design and construction practices significantly reduce or eliminate the negative environmental impact of homes. Although green homes usually cost more to build, they have lower operating costs by minimizing energy and water use. Green homes also have better air and water quality, include more natural light, and reduce the presence of harmful chemicals, and as a result, improve the overall quality of life for their residents.

The purpose of the Residential Green Building Guide for New England is to provide a resource to homeowners in the New England area who are interested in constructing or renovating their homes to be more environmentally friendly. Download this guide to learn about:

  • Building site considerations: location, size and solar gain
  • Reuse and recycling of construction and demolition materials
  • Exterior building materials: color, decking, foundations, roofing, and siding options
  • Interior building materials: flooring and coatings
  • Heating, cooling, insulation and windows
  • Lighting
  • Plumbing
  • Furnishings
  • Indoor air quality
  • Landscaping for the region
  • Stormwater management
  • Alternative energy resources

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