WASHINGTON ECO-HOME DESIGN APPROACHES
Washington's unique environment means you should take into account the following factors when buying our renovating your home. Home sustainability - the Washington way.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS : WASHINGTON'S MARINE 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.”
(Source: Building America Best Practices Series, Volume 7.3. Guide to Determining Climate Regions by County – August 2015)
KEY ECO-FRIENDLY STRATEGIES FOR WASHINGTON
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
REBATES FOR HOME SUSTAINABILITY PROJECTS IN WASHINGTON
- Washington 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.