Checklist for Environmental Quality

Stephen Picou, Reichel, Claudette Hanks  |  9/22/2007 4:52:36 AM

Water Efficiency

___  Drought-tolerant landscape

___  Micro-irrigation system for garden (or none needed)

___  Low-water lawn sprinkler system (or none needed)

___  Timer on hose or watering system

___  One-flush, low-flow toilets

___  Low-flow plumbing fixtures, aerators

___  Water-efficient appliances

___  No oversized garden tub

___  On-demand recirculating plumbing system

In areas of threatened water supply:

___  Automatic faucets

___  Residential urinal

___  Rainwater harvesting for outdoor use

___  Greywater for underground irrigation (if permitted)

___  Household sewage flow-reduction system for irrigation

Waste Management

Reduce Construction Site Waste

___  Modular planning

___  Use of manufactured components

___  Use of low-waste building systems

___  Job-site framing plan, cut list, central cut area

___  Donation or re-use of excess materials

___  Recycling of construction waste

___  Cleared trees milled or ground into mulch

Household Waste Management

___  Home recycling, sorting center (for household trash)

___  Backyard composting

Pollution Prevention and Ecosystem Protection

Water Quality Protection:

___  Effective sanitary sewer system

___  Private water well protected from flooding

___  Landscape integrated pest management

___  Backflow prevention valves on outside faucets

Storm Water Management/runoff Reduction:

___  Porous paving

___  Rainwater harvesting from roof

___  Landscaped buffers, retention areas on site

___  Construction sediment/erosion control

Minimize Use of Environmental Hazards

___  Suitable ozone-friendly materials (no CFCs)

___  Minimal use of pesticides, solvents, etc.

___  Low toxic wood treatments

___  Catalytic wood stove (if used for heating)

Native Plant and Ecosystem Protection

___  Onsite preservation of native trees, plants

___  Protection of tree root system

___  Landscaping with native plants

___  Preserved or created wetland

___  Preserved or created wildlife habitat

Favoring Green, Renewable and Local Resources

Suitable Green Materials

___  Engineered lumber, framing systems, trim

___  Concrete made with fly ash

___  Recycled plastic or composite decking

___  Recycled-content building, finish materials

___  Recyclable materials

___  Materials made from waste (mulch, bagasse, etc.)

___  Salvaged materials

Site Choice

___  Lot within “green” development

___  Site near workplace or mass transportation

___  Infill site or small lot development

Shift Toward Renewable or Zero Energy

___  Passive solar (house design)

___  Solar water heating

___  Fuel cell (when cost-effective)

___  Photovoltaics

Use of Local Resources

___  Local renewable natural resources

___  Locally manufactured products (< 200 miles)

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