1.Use a whole-building design approach to maximize resource-efficiency benefits through synergy.
2.Incorporate as many options from LEED.
3.Carefully plan construction and site design to preserve as much natural vegetation as possible.
4.Install high-quality insulation and double-pane.low windows.
5.Invest in energy-efficient and water-conserving appliances.
6.Use green roof or light colored roofing materials.
7.Carefully orient buildings to maximize the southern exposure.
8.Position the majority of windows on the south wall of buildings.
9.Shade windows to prevent direct sunlight in the summer while maximizing direct sunlight in the winter.
10.Consider the use of a geothermal heat pump.
11.Use floor plans that have main areas on the south side. Areas that are infrequently used on the north side. And garages and store rooms on the east and west ends of the building.
12.Plant shade trees on the east and west ends of the building.
13.Include thermal mass in buildings that will be used at night.
14.Incorporate a solar hot water heater in building design.
15.Each efficiency technique included in the design will lessen the heating and cooling load for the system.
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