Building Green

What does it mean to build green?

Example: The House below was built using straw bale for insulation
Look Inside the Walls Finished
USE THE SLIDER on the image above to reveal the insulation
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‘Green’ building refers to the design, construction and the operation of a building. The goal of green building is to reduce negative impacts on our climate and natural environment. Through this kind of construction, we strive to preserve natural resources and improve our quality of life.

Energy efficiency is integral to green building. Efficient buildings reduce operating costs, but also contribute to the goal of creating a healthier planet. Creating spaces that are in complete harmony with the clients ideals and personal comfort.
Deep Green Building has experimented with many different building materials and methods over the many years working in the construction field. We have been unafraid to stray from the traditional mass-production methods. The traditional methods we avoid have been proven to be environmentally unsustainable, in addition to energy-taxing and often uncomfortable to live in. We have been incorporating materials such as straw bales, cork, and structural insulated panels (SIP’s), to name a few.

Below we share feedback on some common questions asked about building green homes.

Why Green Homes?

  • Built for longevity to avoid contributing to landfills
  • More comfortable to live in because they have superior insulation
  • Reduced energy consumption, putting less stress on our climate as well as reducing operational costs
  • Improved air quality through the use of natural and non-toxic materials
  • Use of locally sourced materials whenever possible
  • Reduced carbon footprint

Examples of Green Building Techniques:

  • Reduce waste by good planning and anticipating material lifecycles
  • Incorporate thermal mass, which slowly distributes hot and cold temperature throughout the day or night, as needed
  • Implement passive solar heating by strategic placement of windows and doors
  • Adding a “rainscreen” or an additional layer on the exterior of the house maintains cooler and dryer conditions
  • Installing a roof with reflectivity to prevent excessive heat
  • Unvented attics make homes less prone to leaking conditioned air, as well as more fire resistant
  • Using a concrete slab foundation as a finished floor. When this technique is used during a build, the need for additional flooring materials that eventually need to be replaced is eliminated. Concrete floors also act as thermal mass which hold onto the hot or cold desired temperatures that are slowly released throughout the day or night, maintaining a constant level of comfort.
  • Using rain catchment systems allows rain water to penetrate the earth and recharge the groundwater of your specific site, rather than diverting the water away from the site with no potential future use.

Fire Resistance?

  • Incorporating fire resistive sidings and finishes help protect from fire
  • Eliminating passive vents on the eaves and crawl spaces prevent flying embers from entering the home
  • Limiting the kind of products that go into construction that become toxic when burned
  • To learn more about the fire resistive qualities of straw bale construction, click here:
  • Fine Homebuilding webinar about strategies for making houses in high-risk locations safer and more resistant to wildfire, hosted by David Arkin

Get in Touch

We would love to hear from you about what matters most for your home.

Give us a call at (707) 350-2490 or use our contact form.

Some of the North Bay areas we do work in are; Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Windsor, Healdsburg, Forrestville, Kenwood, Glen Ellen, St. Helena, Napa, Calistoga