Mill Valley Embraces Green Building

November 7, 2008 by  

On the commercial side, any project over 2,500 sq. ft. or any remodeling which exceeds $500,000 must attain a “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” silver rating.

For residential homes, new construction under 3,500 sq. ft. must attain 50 points under the “Build It Green” rating system (verified by a GreenPoint inspector). And new homes bigger than 3,500 sq. ft. must attain 60 points. Also, remodels that increase floor area by 50% will have to meet the 50-point requirement. 

It is expected that the additional cost for new homes will be abut $1,150 to $3,000. Green building considerations include the use of sustainably harvested lumber, waste recycling, low water usage, energy-efficient building practices, and other design features intended to reduce the environmental impact of construction and housing.

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