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What is Green Building

The City of El Segundo encourages homeowners and building professionals to incorporate green building design in construction activities through the use of “green” building materials. This can be accomplished by referencing the Home Remodeling Green Building Guidelines and implementing green measures into a home remodeling project.

Green buildings are sited, designed, constructed and operated to enhance the wellbeing of occupants, and to minimize negative impacts to the community and the natural environment.

The five components of green design are:
  • Implementing sustainable site planning;
  • Safeguarding water and water efficiency;
  • Ensuring energy efficiency and employing renewable energy;
  • Using conservation of materials and resources; and
  • Providing indoor environmental quality

Benefits of Green Design

  • Lower Utility Bills
  • Improve Indoor Health
  • Reduce Landfill Waste

Five Things Everyone Can Do To Go Green

  1. Use recycled products such as engineered lumber, which utilizes recycled wood chips
  2. Reduce water usage by planting drought-tolerant landscaping and modify irrigation systems accordingly
  3. Use renewable resources such as bamboo flooring
  4. Improve air quality by painting with low or no volatile organic compound (VOC) paint
  5. Save energy by installing lower emittance (Low-E) windows and Energy Star appliances.
For information on how to GREEN your home go to http://greenhomeguide.com/
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