To build green, you need to look beyond solar panels and wind turbines. They’re
important, but only part of the story. The choices you make for the shell of
your house?-including the foundation, walls, windows, and roof?-and in how you
orient your house to the sun, will result in the greatest savings in energy,
natural resources, and money over the long term. Wood framed houses like those
shown at Houseplans.com can be very energy-efficient if constructed correctly.
Here are the basic ways to build green, with links to consumer guides and
manufacturers. There are many choices within each category.
Water Conservation 1. Low-flow toilets and showers. The Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense Program provides links to water savvy toilets, faucets, shower heads.