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Green Building and Sustainable Living

Green building is a way to approach the design, construction and operation of your home that allows for the least negative impact to our environment while providing you with a healthier living space.     


Green building and sustainable living involves using premium building materials and products that create a healthier, more energy-efficient and water-efficient home:

  • More durable materials
  • Low-toxic paints
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Water-saving fixtures
  • Renewable and recycled-content products


Why Go Green?

The responsibility for sustaining our world as a healthy environment rests with us all. By incorporating green building and sustainable living practices, you’ll provide for our needs now and the needs of future generations.

Health: Good for You
  • Improved air quality
  • Natural light
  • Natural, low-toxic materials

Money: Good for Your Wallet
  • Energy- and water-efficient (lower utility bills)
  • Durable, low-maintenance materials
  • Marketable for resale

Environment: Good for the Planet
  • Resource-efficient
  • Minimize waste
  • Reuse and recycle    

How Do You Go Green?

  • Identify what aspects of green building/sustainable living are important to you.
  • Talk with a professional (contractor, architect, landscaper, real estate agent) about building and living green.
  • Ask your local supplier to stock green building products.   


Go Green Now Without the Commitment of a Major Remodel or Building Project

Here are five easy ways to get started:

  1. Use low or no volatile organic compounds
    (VOC) paint, adhesives, and finishes.
  2. Install compact fluorescent bulbs.
  3. Install water-saving devices.
  4. Select Energy Star appliances and furnaces.
  5. Use products with renewable and recycled content.



Built Green Washington
Energy Conservation
Green Home Remodel Guides
Natural Yard Care
Northwest Eco-Building Guild
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Surface Water Quality
Tacoma-Pierce County Built Green
Water Conservation

EnviroHouse Information

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