Your Earth-friendly Home Checklist

Claudette Reichel  |  7/2/2008 7:43:44 PM


__ 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

__ 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 (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

Stormwater 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, 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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