CALIFORNIA ECO-HOME DESIGN APPROACHES

 
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California's unique environment means you should take into account the following factors when buying our renovating your home. Home sustainability - the California way.

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ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS : California's Marine and Hot-Dry / Mixed Dry Climate

“A marine climate is defined as a region that meets all of the following criteria:

  • A coldest month mean temperature between 27°F (-3°C) and 65°F (18°C)
  • A warmest month mean of less than 72°F (22°C)
  • At least 4 months with mean temperatures higher than 50°F (10°C)
  • A dry season in summer. The month with the heaviest precipitation in the cold season has at least three times as much precipitation as the month with the least precipitation in the rest of the year. The cold season is October through March in the Northern Hemisphere and April through September in the Southern Hemisphere.”
     

“A hot-dry climate is defined as a region that receives less than 20 inches (50 cm) of annual precipitation and where the monthly average outdoor temperature remains above 45°F (7°C) throughout the year.”

(Source: Building America Best Practices Series, Volume 7.3. Guide to Determining Climate Regions by County – August 2015)

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Key Eco-Friendly Strategies for California's Marine Climate

Homes located in marine climates can leverage strategies that reduce the reliance on any HVAC systems, given the mild temperatures. Additionally, these homes need to leverage efficient water use strategies to account for the dry summer months.

  • Install ceiling fans and ventilation systems
  • Install low-flow adapters to shower heads and faucets
  • Install water efficient toilets
  • Replace grass lawns with water conservative plants
     

Key Eco-Friendly Strategies for California's Hot-Dry / Mixed Dry Climate

Homes located in Hot-Dry / Mixed Dry climates require substantial air conditioning in order to maintain a comfortable living environment. Therefore a key strategy to reduce the environmental impact of these homes focuses on improving the enclosure and efficiency of HVAC systems. 

  • Improve the insulation of walls and attics
  • Upgrade the HVAC system to a more efficient model
  • Install ceiling fans and ventilation systems

In addition, these homes can conserve water by implementing the following strategies:

  • Install low-flow adapters to shower heads and faucets
  • Install water efficient toilets
  • Replace grass lawns with water conservative plants
  • Leverage automatic irrigation systems that limit wasted watering cycles
     
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REBATES For home sustainability projects in California

  • Arkansas has tax credits that can be applied to home improvements that make your home more eco-friendly and sustainable. These incentives can be found here.
Evan Morrison