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Green Building

Green Building and Sustainable Living

Green building is a way to approach the design, construction and operation of your home that allows for the least negative impact to our environment while providing you with a healthier living space.     


Green building and sustainable living involves using premium building materials and products that create a healthier, more energy-efficient and water-efficient home:

  • More durable materials
  • Low-toxic paints
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Water-saving fixtures
  • Renewable and recycled-content products


Why Go Green?

The responsibility for sustaining our world as a healthy environment rests with us all. By incorporating green building and sustainable living practices, you’ll provide for our needs now and the needs of future generations.

Health: Good for You
  • Improved air quality
  • Natural light
  • Natural, low-toxic materials

Money: Good for Your Wallet
  • Energy- and water-efficient (lower utility bills)
  • Durable, low-maintenance materials
  • Marketable for resale

Environment: Good for the Planet
  • Resource-efficient
  • Minimize waste
  • Reuse and recycle    

How Do You Go Green?

  • Identify what aspects of green building/sustainable living are important to you.
  • Talk with a professional (contractor, architect, landscaper, real estate agent) about building and living green.
  • Ask your local supplier to stock green building products.   


Go Green Now Without the Commitment of a Major Remodel or Building Project

Here are five easy ways to get started:

  1. Use low or no volatile organic compounds
    (VOC) paint, adhesives, and finishes.
  2. Install compact fluorescent bulbs.
  3. Install water-saving devices.
  4. Select Energy Star appliances and furnaces.
  5. Use products with renewable and recycled content.



Built Green Washington
Energy Conservation
Natural Yard Care
Northwest Eco-Building Guild
Recycling Information
Surface Water Quality
Tacoma-Pierce County Built Green
Water Conservation

EnviroHouse Information

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Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center
3510 South Mullen Street
Tacoma, WA 98409