Green Building

Currey Ranch Home, Photo by Melina Watts

Currey Ranch Home, Photo by Melina Watts

The source of air quality issues may not obviously come from our homes. However, barbeques and fireplaces can contribute to poor air quality. More importantly, how we build, remodel, and upgrade our homes can harm the environment. Materials such as off-gassing concrete and paints can contribute to air pollution.

Green building practices help preserve air quality and minimize the amount of pollution and waste 
created on-site. Did you know that sediment leaving a construction site is considered pollution? In 2013, the State mandated Green Building Standards Codes that apply to new construction and remodel jobs. Be sure to hire a contractor that adheres to state and local regulations. Without 
proper management, even a small project can contribute a large amount of pollutants to the environment and may seriously impact air quality.


Remodeling: the Good and the Bad
Remodeling conserves material, but can release hazardous materials during the demolition and construction process. Asbestos and lead compounds were used in the construction of many homes built before the late 1970s – these materials can be harmful to your health. Only licensed and certified contractors are permitted to remove asbestos and lead.


Find Professional Help

California State Contractor’s License Board
Search for a licensed contractor or call 800-321-2752.

California Department of Health Services
Find a Lead Certified Professional contractor to help with abatement.


Materials Resources

Green Building Resource Center
Explore samples of green building materials and free design advice.

Residential Green Building Guide
Download this handy guide from the City of Santa Monica.


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification
Learn about how to certified buildings or become accredited in green building.