According to 2004 figures from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
buildings also account for 38 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions in the
United States. Building construction has huge direct and indirect impact on
the environment. Buildings use resources such as energy, water and raw materials,
generate waste and emit potentially harmful emissions. By adopting green building
strategies or "sustainable design," we can maximize both economic
and environmental performance
Six foundamental principles of Sustainable Building Design are:
- Optimize Site/Existing Structure Potential
Creating sustainable buildings starts with proper site selection, including
consideration of the reuse or rehabilitation of existing buildings. The location,
orientation, and landscaping of a building affect the local ecosystems, transportation
methods, and energy use.
- Optimize Energy Use
High performance homes achieve reduced energy load by increasing efficiency
and utilization of renewable energy resources.
- Protect and Conserve Water
A sustainable building should reduce, control, and/or treat site runoff, use
water efficiently, and reuse or recycle water for on-site use, when feasible.
- Use Environmentallly Preferable Products
A sustainable building is constructed of materials that have less impact on
the environment, resources, and human health.
- Enhance Indoor Environmental Quality
A sustainable building maximizes daylight, has better ventilation and moisture
control, and avoids the use of building materials containing harmful chemicals.
- Optimize Operational and Maintenance Practices
Considering a building's operating and maintenance issues during the preliminary
design phase, designers can specify materials and systems that require less
water, energy, and toxic chemicals and cleaners to maintain; and are cost-effective
and reduce life-cycle costs.
Quail Homes believes it is importance to provide our home buyers with comfortable,
safe, durable, efficient, and also sustainable homes. We have embraced green building
to do our share to protect the environment. To
achieve this goal, Quail Homes builds homes using High Performance Construction
techniques. Earning Green building certifications provide buys with third-party verification. Please visit the following web pages, to learn more about High Performance
Construction, Air Infiltration, Insulation
and Heating / Cooling.