• Use durable, locally produced materials such

as pressure-treated southern pine shingles.

• Minimize painting and staining by using

materials that weather or have integral color.

• Use wood from the region—avoid cedar or

redwood, for example.

• Consider ground-coupled heat pumps, passive

solar, and other energy-saving heating techniques.

• Ventilate all buildings and rooms, especially in

conjunction with passive solar strategies.

• Use operable windows for effective ventilation.

• Consider constructed wetlands, sand filters,

and other alternatives to mechanical systems

for sewage treatment.

• Install porous paving to minimize erosion.

• Consider modular buildings that can be taken

apart and stored out of season.

• Use daylight for interior spaces.

• Minimize disruption of natural landforms and

vegetation when planning for roads, trails,

utilities, and structures.

• See the “Common Principles” section in the

introduction of this chapter for more

recommendations on sustainability.


Figure of strategies used in passive solar design




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