Checklist for Earth Friendly Home Features

Claudette Reichel  |  6/27/2008 1:17:22 AM


  • Drought-tolerant landscape
  • Micro-irrigation system for garden (or none needed)
  • Low water use lawn sprinkler system (or none needed)
  • Timer on hose or watering system
  • High performance low-flow toilets
  • EPA Water Sense label low-flow fixtures
  • 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, if permitted

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
  • 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 and Renewables

Suitable Green Materials

  • Engineered lumber, framing systems, trim
  • Concrete made with fly ash
  • Recycled plastic or composite decking
  • Recycled content building, finish materials
  • Recyclable or salvaged materials
  • Materials made from waste (mulch, bagasse, etc.)

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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