Energy Efficiency

passive solar design
proper site orientation
geothermal exchange HVAC systems
solar thermal energy systems
EPA's "Energy Star", USGBC's LEED certification or NAHB's "National Green Building Standards"
energy star building products
natural lighting and ventilation
minimal air infiltration
quality building envelope insulation
shade and wind diversion landscaping
green roofs
photovoltaic solar panels
green walls
earth sheltered building envelope
small wind and hydro power systems
smaller environmental footprint
lower operating costs and utility bills
financial saving tools available through green and energy efficient loans
city property tax abatements
federal and state tax credits