RESIDENTIAL / green building

Working on a home improvement project and want to make it green?  

Here's some guidance from the Rutgers Center for Green Building --

How a building is designed and operated clearly affects the users of the building, the community, and the environment. Green building aims to minimize negative environmental and human health impacts that may result from buildings, restore degraded environments, and contribute to the sustainable management of our air, energy, water and other resources. These methods provide positive and healthy environments that draw connections to more satisfying and productive economic outcomes. Adopting green building practices offers an opportunity to achieve these benefits; compared with conventional building practices, green buildings have demonstrated reductions in energy use by 30%, carbon dioxide emissions by 35%, water use by 50%, and construction waste by 50% or more (USGBC, National Research Agenda, 2007). 

Check out the New Jersey Green Building Manual for guidance on Existing Residential Structures.