Socket's Tips: Ways to Design/Build Green

The nearly 4,000,000 square feet under General Services’ purview runs the gamut from office buildings and police and fire stations to libraries and community centers. Following Metro’s LEED Ordinance, General Services has designed and built 21 LEED® facilities. In 2016, General Services-managed LEED® buildings avoided energy costs of more than $777,700 compared to non-LEED® comparable buildings.

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Socket's Tips: Ways to Design/Build Green

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Invest in Renewables

  • Sun and wind provide abundant clean energy. Whether you install solar panels on your roof or purchase renewable energy credits (RECs) from elsewhere, you can help the energy grid be greener. Learn more at our blog.

Rightsize your home

  • Homes with wasted space also waste energy. Rightsize your home by selecting a dwelling that meets – but does not exceed – your space needs. If you are already in a home that’s too large, shut off unused rooms and vents to save energy.

Consider third party certification

  • Third-party certifications like Energy Star, LEED®, BREEAM, Green Globes, and EarthCraft give owners of residential and commercial properties verification that their structures are energy- and water-efficient and environmentally friendly.

Choose your materials wisely

  • Whether selecting FSC-certified wood, using insulated concrete forms (ICFs), or opting for regionally produced brick or tile, the materials you use have a big impact on your building’s environmental footprint.

Follow the sun

  • If you are building from scratch, you have an opportunity to orient your building optimally. Since we live in the northern hemisphere, sunlight always comes from the south. Therefore, orienting the building southward allows you to capitalize on capturing the sun’s rays in winter for warmth and shading in summer for cool. Judicious use of awnings and shades greatly assists home and building-owners in using the sun to their advantage.

Catch that water

  • In Nashville, we are lucky to have an abundant water source in the Cumberland River. Sometimes, though, too much rain in a short period can overwhelm our streams and rivers and lead to flooding. Homes, offices, and other facilities can help mitigate floods like this by installing water catchment infrastructure onsite. Whether you choose rain barrels, a bioretention area, pervious pavers, or greenspace and trees, this green infrastructure helps keep stormwater onsite during a heavy rainfall.

Tips for making your home or office more energy efficient can be found on our the “Energy” page of the Socket website.

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