Pervious Concrete

Pervious concrete is a special type of concrete with a high porosity used for concrete flatwork applications that allows water from precipitation and other sources to pass directly through, thereby reducing the runoff from a site and allowing groundwater recharge.  (Wikipedia)

Best Practices

A best practice is a method or technique that has consistently shown superior results and that is used as a benchmark.

Electrical Systems

An Electrical System is the series of meter boxes, wires, breakers, fixtures, switches and receptacles that are responsible for handling electrical power within the house.

Structural Insulated Panels

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are prefabricated wall panel systems. SIPs are usually constructed by sandwiching EPS foam between sheets of plywood or oriented strand board (OSB).

Green Roof

A green roof or living roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation, planted over a waterproofing membrane. (Wikipedia)

Native Landscaping

Native plants have evolved over thousands of years in a particular region and provide a beautiful, hardy, drought-resistant, low-maintenance landscape while benefiting the environment by providing food and shelter. Once established, landscaping with native plants saves time and money by eliminating or significantly reducing the need for fertilizers, pesticides, water and lawn maintenance equipment.

Interior Finishes

Interior finishes include building materials like paint, flooring (hardwood, carpet, tile, concrete), countertops and cabinets. Most adhesives, sealants, paint strippers and laquers, carpets and carpet backing, cabinets and even furnishings contain Volatile Organic CompoundsGases that evaporate from building materials and home products, such as adhesives, sealants, paints, varnishes, carpet, furnishings, office equipment and upholstery. Can cause acute and chronic illnesses and lead to poor indoor air quality. (Yudelson) (VOCs) that Off-GasThe evaporation or emission of volatile chemicals at ambient atmostpheric pressure. Building materials such as paints, stains, sealants, varnishes, carpet, insulation, flooring, kitchen cabinets, countertops, plywood, particleboard and paint strippers can release chemicals into the air causing poor indoor air quality. (Yudelson) inside the home, contaminating the indoor-air quality and posing health risks to homeowners.

Insulation

Insulation helps maintain thermal comfort in a home and contributes to energy efficiency by slowing down the heat transfer between the exterior and interior of a building. Insulation is typically used in floors, walls and ceilings.

Plumbing

The series of pipes that deliver water or remove waste to and from the house

HVAC

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) are the collection of systems that heat, cool, ventilate and de-humidify a home.

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