Plants like bamboo, that can be harvested and grown again within a short time, ease demand for slower-growing trees and non-renewable resources like petroleum. Look for bamboo alternatives for floors, cabinets, built-ins and furniture.

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New Construction Tips

Before you design a new home or remodel an existing one, you should consider investing in its energy-efficiency- you'll save energy and money in the long run. It's also a good time to invest in a renewable energy system that will provide your home with electricity, water heating, or space heating and cooling. If you're remodeling a home, conduct an energy audit to help you determine what energy-efficiency improvements should and can be made to your home.

Salvaging Materials
Choosing salvaged, secondhand or antique materials is often a smarter use of natural resources than buying new products.
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Alternative Building Materials
Use of materials like engineered wood products is encouraged because they efficiently make use of waste wood pieces, reducing environmental impacts of the wood industry.
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Windows and Skylights
A well-oriented home allows low-angle winter sun to reduce heating bills and rejects overhead summer sun to reduce cooling bills.
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