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 Building Green: What You Can Do

​Whether you are building new or simply want to make your current home green, let these tips work for you:
Green homes use natural resources by incorporating:
  • Rapidly renewable materials such as bamboo, wheatgrass, cork and strawboard.
  • Durable products made from recycled plastic jugs for decking, sills and siding.
Green homes typically save money on operating costs by using:
  • Extra insulation.
  • More efficient water heaters, lighting and appliances.
  • Use of natural daylight.
Green homes and landscaping can impact climate change.
  • Install native and adaptive plants in landscaped areas and minimized or no lawn to conserver water and reduce need for fertilizer
  • Use porous paving in driveways and walkways to allow rainwater to seep into the ground.
  • Use cisterns and rain gardens to reduce storm water runoff.
Green homes overall provide healthier environments through use of products that reduce toxins:
  • Low- or no-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, finishes and adhesives
  • Improved ventilation that adds indoor air quality benefits

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U.S. Green Building Council
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Sarasota County Extension Service / Solutions For Your Life
Florida Green Building Coalition
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