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Green Building Handbook

Green Building Handbook

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We encourage using green building techniques. The handbook and green sheets will help you make decisions that will save energy and reduce costs.

Green Building Handbook - Complete publication  (PDF*)

Green Building Handbook Cover  (PDF*)

Green Building Handbook Introduction (PDF*)

1) Amended Soils (PDF*)

2) Rainwater Harvesting for Outdoor Use (PDF*)

3) Permeable Surfaces and Driveways (PDF*)

4) Roofing Materials (PDF*)

5) Routine Home Maintenance (PDF*)

6) EcoCool Remodel Tool (PDF*)

7) Green Product Choices (PDF*)

8) What To Do with Construction and Demolition Materials (PDF*)

9) Advanced Framing (PDF*)

10) Air Sealing Your Home (PDF*)

11) Duct Sealing (PDF*)

12) High Efficiency Appliances (PDF*)

13) Insulation (PDF*)

14) Fresh Air Ventilation (PDF*)

15) Toilets, Showers & Faucets (PDF*)

16) Thermostats (PDF*)

17) Right Sizing Heating/Cooling Systems (PDF*)

18) Furnace Replacement (PDF*)

19) Heat Pumps (PDF*)

20) Solar Energy (PDF*)

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