Green Home Design Guide

Through our knowledge & experience over the past 25 years RND has compiled a list of factors that we consider during the design and construction of a green building or renovation.

We believe by implementing these factors during the integrated design process you can achieve best value.


Design Process

  • Contractors
  • Architects/Designers
  • Integrated design process
  • Green home certification
  • Style
  • Home size
  • Solar orientation
  • Design
  • Lot selection
  • Existing trees
  • Garage type

Building Envelope

  • Insulation levels
  • Air tightness
  • Windows/Exterior doors
  • Reflective roof
  • Day light and views
  • Solar shading
  • House shape
  • Green roof
  • Thermal mass

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

  • Space heating & domestic water heating
  • Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery
  • Cooling/Air conditioning
  • Heated floors
  • Shower drain heat recovery
  • Fuel type available in your area
  • Ductwork sealing
  • Programmable thermostat

Material

  • Materials with recycled content
  • Materials from sustainable forests
  • Locally produced materials
  • Low-emission materials
  • Multiple use/low impact materials
  • Recycling waste materials

Lighting

  • Light sensors
  • High efficiency lighting
  • Energy Star appliances
  • All off switch

Water Reduction

  • Efficient water use
  • Rainwater collection
  • Low-flow faucets/shower heads
  • Dual flush toilets

Landscape

  • Storm water management
  • Water efficient landscape
  • No irrigation system
  • Drought resistant plants
  • Permeable surfaces

Renewable

  • Green power
  • Renewal energy
  • On site power generation

Other

  • Electric car charger
  • Age in place design
  • Community resources
  • Access to open space
  • Home automation
  • Design for flexibility
  • Durability
  • Safety
  • Heat island effect
  • Green wall
  • Radon gas venting
  • Carbon monoxide sensor & venting in garage
  • Solar ready pipe
  • Central vacuum
  • Other innovations