Designer Builders Sustainable Construction has dedicated this page to educate those interested in learning more. Designer Builders’ Eco Building Checklist provides a categorized outline of materials and practices that support eco-friendly green building.
Eco Building Design
- Large Overhangs – Protect and promote longer siding life; Shadow exterior walls from solar rays that generate unwanted heat
- Layout Considerations – Promote ease of use while retaining sustainability; Building for requirements; Avoiding excess space and wastefulness
- Window Design – Orienting windows south to allow for winter light and passive solar heat gain; Limited strategic placement of north facing windows for indirect work lighting
- Foam Sheathing: In place of plywood with certain claddings
- Air Caulking: An inexpensive step that significantly reduce air infiltration
- Smart Framing: Consumes less material and allows all cavities to be properly insulated
- Photovoltaic Solar Panels: Generate renewable electricity; Sun Wind Power Systems
- Limiting can lights in attic ceilings to air-sealed alternatives with insulated covers
- Insulate Hot Water Lines: Reduce heat loss between water heating unit and faucet
- Dual Flush Toilets: Reduce water usage via two alternative flush modes
- Rain Water Collection: Retain storm water run-off (Particularly beneficial in metro areas where systems are antiquated and under-designed)
- Tankless Hot Water Heaters (or On-Demand Units): Generate unlimited hot water as needed as opposed to storing and maintaining a large volume of eater
- Expanding Foam: Eliminates Air Infiltration, Increasing Thermal Wall Performance
- Rigid Foam: For Areas Requiring Super Insulation or Specialized Needs
- Expanding Foam around Windows: Eliminate Air Infiltration
- Insulating Original Structure: During Additions or Remodels, We Encourage Homeowners to Insulate the Existing Structure to Reduce Heating and Cooling Costs.
- Certified Wood: Using Sustainably Certified Products Provide Peace of Mind that Materials are Responsibly Harvested and Produced
- Composite Trim: Recycled Wood Fibers Provide Added Protection against Rot and Termite Infestation
- Western Red Cedar: Renewable and Beautiful, WRC is harvested legally and sustainably form independently certified forests in the northern US and Canada
- Cast Stone: Made from locally sourced natural and recycled materials, sustainable and environmentally friendly
- Cast Stone Concepts
- Natural Butcher Block: locally custom-made butcher block countertops
- Locally sourced wood: Kentucky and surrounding states have vast supplies of native hardwoods that are widely used and readily available. Along with being renewable and having distinct natural beauty, using a locally harvested and produced product assures that all revenue is kept in a local economy.
- Reclaimed wood: many vendors in the state provide milled reclaimed lumber from deconstructed warehouses, barns, fences, etc.