What is Green Building?

Green building emerged from a stark realization that the building industry has a major impact on our environment.  In April of 2009 the EPA published a paper called "Buildings and Their Impact on the Environment:  A Statistical Summary" outlining how buildings contribute to Energy Consumption, Water Usage, and other relevant areas.  We encourage you to click the link above and see some of the statistical data.  One that stands out is Energy Use.  "Buildings accounted for 72 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption in 2006 and this number will rise to 75% by 2025". 
With this in mind, many building professionals, homeowners and businesses began to evaluate how we can minimize the enormous environmental impact of the building and construction industry.  Professional organizations were developed that created guidelines and various rating systems to manage the process.  The main goals that emerged are the following:
  • Conserve Natural Resources - I imagine we all want to have clean drinking water and trees in the future.
  • Reduce energy consumption or use sustainable/renewable energy sources - we would like our children and grandchildren to still have the luxury of electricity and easy transportation.
  • Improve Indoor Air Quality - this means we would like to breath non toxic air in our homes.
  • Create and support livable communities that intrinsically use less fossil fuels and natural resources.  
For more information on what each of these mean, please see “Our Sustainable Practices” for details on how A D Construction implements these sustainable practices.  We provide examples and strategies that can help you achieve these goals.

Our Sustainable Practices

As responsible members of our community, green sustainable design and building practices are an intrinsic part of our mission.  We strive to implement green building techniques into all phases of our construction projects.  Here are examples of how we implement sustainable practices into our work. 

Conserve Natural Resources

  • Use salvaged, recycled and FSC certified wood.  For the Tree House new construction project we used an extensive amount of salvaged redwood for the woodworking details throughout the interior and exterior of the home.  
  • Reduce water consumption with low flow fixtures, dual flush toilets, water catchment systems and gray water systems (where permitted).
  • Use rapidly renewable materials such as bamboo flooring and cabinetry.  In the Pleasure Point Addition & Remodel, we used rapidly renewable bamboo flooring and Vetrazzo recycled glass countertops. 
  • Use less wood in the framing of your home (advanced framing techniques, FSC wood) or research alternate construction methods - hay bale, rastra, ICFs, etc.
  • Demolition - we re-purpose materials when possible and then recycle everything possible during the demolition process.

Reduce Energy Consumption

  • Passive solar design - orienting the home in a manner that best captures the natural heat and cooling.
  • High efficiency heating and cooling systems - we specify the most efficient HVAC systems available.
  • Insulation - we utilize superior insulation practices in all of jobs, including spray foam insulation and blown cellulose.
  • Dual pane windows
  • Sealing leaky areas

Indoor Air Quality

  • Use materials that have low or no VOCs and toxic materials - we specify no VOC paint, formaldehyde free cabinetry, wool carpets, and a wide variety of materials that are less toxic for the air quality of our homeowners.  

Create & Support Liveable Communities

  • Support local vendors, products and materials whenever possible
  • Green Resources

  • Green building and remodeling can be a daunting process.  Analyzing and understanding the pros and cons of each product, practice and service can be overwhelming.  A D Construction is dedicated to helping you design and build your project in a sustainable manner.  We are here to walk you through the process.  For those individuals that want to do more research, we have provided a few links that may help you in navigating this process.

    Local Resources

    Greenspace - a local retail store that specializes in all things sustainable and green for your home or business

    City of Santa Cruz Green Building Program

    Ecology Action

    General Resources

    Greenbuilding.com

    EPA's Green Building Website

    Built It Green

    U.S. Green Building Council

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