Building Green in Plano
Green building addresses the following:
- Issues of sustainability
- Energy and water conservation
- Alternative building materials
- Waste reduction
- Recycling and reusing materials
- Indoor environmental quality
It merges sound, environmentally responsible practices that look at the environmental, economical and social effects of a proposed development. To meet the individual green project goals, it is critical to identify and implement the best sustainable practices into each project based on a few common factors of the site:
- Regional climate conditions
- Geographical conditions
- Design and style conditions
Final Design Plans
After the site conditions are utilized within the project design, the next step is to incorporate the following common factors into the final design plans and construction of the structure:
- Building system selections
- Building material selections
- Landscape and plant selections
- Post-construction testing and maintenance
Appliances & Electronics
If you live in a typical U.S. home, your appliances and home electronics are responsible for about 20 percent of your energy bills. Here are some tips to reduce their energy consumption:
It's hard to imagine life without electricity. But as we use more electricity in our homes, our electric bills rise. In turn, fossil-fueled power plants not only generate more electricity, but also more pollution. The continued reliance on, and depletion of, fossil-fuel resources, threatens our energy security.
Insulation & Air Sealing
You can reduce your home's heating and cooling costs through proper insulation and air sealing techniques. Any air sealing efforts will complement your insulation efforts, and vice versa. Proper moisture control and ventilation strategies will improve the effectiveness of air sealing and insulation, and vice versa. These techniques will also make your home more comfortable.
A well-designed landscape not only can add beauty to your home but it also can reduce your heating and cooling costs. On average, landscaping for energy efficiency provides enough energy savings to return an initial investment in less than 8 years.
In your home, you can save energy while still maintaining good light quantity and quality. Artificial lighting consumes almost 15% of a household's electricity use. Use of new lighting technologies can reduce lighting energy use in homes by 50% to 75%.
Water Heating & Usage
Water heating can account for 14% to 25% of the energy consumed in your home. You can reduce your monthly water heating bills by selecting the appropriate water heater for your home or pool and by using some energy-efficient water heating strategies. Saving water is easy; many products are already available for use, and it doesn't require changing the way most of us live or do business.
- Water Heating
Windows & Doors
Energy-efficient windows, doors, and skylights - also known as fenestration - can help lower a home's heating, cooling, and lighting costs.