South Carolina SC — Green Building Guide — Sustainable, Environmental, Energy Efficient Homes,

South Carolina SC - Green Building Guide - Sustainable, Environmental, Energy Efficient Homes,

What makes a building green? A green building consumes less energy, water, and natural resources. It creates less waste when built and is healthier for its inhabitants than a standard building.

SC Green Building Sponsors

SC Green Building Organizations

  • Green Building Council of Greater Columbia — holds regular green building workshops to educate construction professionals
  • SC Energy Office — helps residential users save money on utility bills, a good resource for various state incentives for energy efficiency
  • South Carolina Solar Council — state chapter of the American Solar Energy Society
  • South Carolina Sustainability Network — examples of how people in South Carolina are embracing sustainability, also has informative resources and support
  • South Carolina Sustainable Deconstruction — deconstructs old buildings to keep waste from landfills

    Sustainable Warehouse — sells used construction materials

  • Sustainability Institute — educating SC homeowners looking to build or renovate by holding workshops on green building techniques

    SC Green Building Directory — South Carolina products and services that support green building practices

  • Upstate Forever — promoting economically, socially and environmentally sound growth in the Upstate
  • US Green Building Council SC Chapter — LEED certified buildings and green building practices in South Carolina

    Members — list of professionals involved in green buildings in SC

    LEED Accredited Professionals Directory — select South Carolina for State/US Territory/Canadian Province

    LEED Certified buildings in SC — case studies from the US Green Building Council of South Carolina

    Renovate to Make Your Current Home Green

    While some of the more glamorous green building techniques like solar power and wind energy garner plenty of attention, the basics of an airtight and well-insulated house reap real benefits for both your pocketbook and the environment. One of our favorite resources is 45 tips to green any home .

    Interested in finding out where you can save energy in your home? Use the Home Energy Saver. an online tool that calculates your energy use and highlights savings opportunities within your home.

    Plants, Green Landscaping in South Carolina

    South Carolina SC - Green Building Guide - Sustainable, Environmental, Energy Efficient Homes,
    • Rain barrel how-to — rain barrels catch rainwater from your gutters for use in watering your garden. One of the easiest ways to save water and money
    • SC Native Plants Society — find out which plants to grow for low-water and low-maintenance landscaping in South Carolina
    • SC Backyard Habitat Program — make your garden even more eco-friendly by welcoming animals
    • Ten common plants that help reduce indoor air pollution — NASA study of plants that remove formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the air

      Earth-Friendly Lifestyle Finds Sustenance Close to Home — 2008 Post & Courier article explores permaculture in a Lowcountry yard

    • Sealing and Insulating

      • Selecting energy-efficient windows in SC — PDF — technical info on window efficiency

      How to Build or Buy a Green Home

      When purchasing a new home, consider going with an energy-efficient house. Achieving a building standard (such as LEED or Energy Star) will not only save you money on your utilities bill, but will also add to the quality of the house, consequently adding to its value. The SC Energy Office provides this guide to understanding sustainable ratings and certifications in SC — PDF

      Another important aspect to consider when building a green home is the use of local and regional materials as much as possible. The LEED certification process requires that all materials come from within a 500 miles radius from the building site. This is good news for South Carolina businesses, as the push to build green would benefit our state economy.

      For more technical information on green building techniques, the Southface Institute in Atlanta has an extensive library of factsheets and technical bulletins that go into detail about each aspect of your home, and how to make them more sustainable. Most of their info is specific to the Southeast, so is useful to SC residents.

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