What is Green Building?
Green building is a general term that encompasses all efforts to make buildings less destructive to the environment. Please review the following documents for more information:
What is the Town's Green Building program?
The Town has developed a voluntary, incentive-based program to encourage builders and developers to:
- Design and build energy efficient homes and commercial buildings
- Encourage water conservation
- Support waste minimization
Green Builders in Flower Mound
Dan Fette Builders, Inc. 940.483.1761
Enviro Custom Homes 972.478.7423
Ryan Hartman Signature Homes 972.922.9747
How does it work?
Download and review the Green Building Program Brochure and Application. Paper applications may be requested by stopping by the Town’s Environmental Services office location at Town Hall; or by calling the Environmental Services main line at 972.874.6340.
There is NO application filing fee.
When complete, applications will be submitted to and reviewed by the Building Inspections Division. Upon final inspection by the Building Inspections Division, the home or building will be certified by the Town as a “Green Building.” Homes or buildings will be individually registered.
Who can apply?
Developers or builders of new homes, commercial buildings, multifamily buildings, and renovations of existing homes or offices may apply.
What are the application requirements?
The application has two main components:
- Minimum Building Standards - address energy conservation, water conservation, waste minimization, and previous pavement (previous paving standards are for commercial buildings only).
- Green Building Best Management Practices (BMP) List – a minimum of 30 BMPs are selected from the Town approved list of over 100 BMP options (a builder or developer may use BMPs not listed with prior authorization from Town staff).
Green Building Contacts
Director, Environmental Resources
Residential Plans Examiner
Building Inspections Division
Green Building background information
The design, construction, and maintenance of buildings has a tremendous impact on our environment and our natural resources. Residential and commercial buildings together use one-third of all the energy consumed in the U.S., and two-thirds of all electricity. Further, buildings are a major source of the pollution that causes urban air quality problems, and the pollutants that contribute to climate change. They account for 49 percent of sulfur dioxide emissions, 25 percent of nitrous oxide emissions, and 10 percent of particulate emissions, all of which damage urban air quality. Buildings produce 35 percent of the country's carbon dioxide emissions.
Green building practices offer an opportunity to create environmentally-sound and resource-efficient buildings by using an integrated approach to design. Green buildings promote resource conservation, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation features; consider environmental impacts and waste minimization; create a healthy and comfortable environment; reduce operation and maintenance costs; and address issues such as historical preservation, access to public transportation and other community infrastructure systems. The entire life-cycle of the building and its components are considered, as well as the economic and environmental impact and performance. (U.S. Department of Energy).
Examples of Texas Green Buildings
Austin Energy Green Building
The Eighth Avenue Post Office in Fort Worth, Texas, which opened for business on January 13, 1999. Among the environmental strategies at this facility are rainwater catchment, daylighting, high-efficiency lighting and HVAC, native plantings, and the use of various low-impact and recycled materials.
Green Building Resources
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's Native Plant Information Network
Includes links to Native Plant Database, Image Gallery, and Supplier Directory.
U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy - Main Page
Portal for comprehensive information concerning energy-efficient planning, designing, technologies, codes, etc.
U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy - Energy Codes Page
Provides access to REScheck and COMcheck software available to download
U.S. Department of Energy Office of Building Technology & Building Energy Software
Provides 267 energy-related software tools for buildings, with an emphasis on using renewable energy and achieving energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings.
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Coalition of leader from the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and health places to live and work. USGBC developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) Green Building Rating System - a national consensus-based, market-driven building rating system designed to accelerate the development and implementation of green building practices.
EPA'S Energy Star Program
EPA'S Wastewise Program
WasteWise is a free, voluntary EPA program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting their bottom line and the environment. WasteWise members can join as partners, endorsers, or both. WasteWise helps its partners meet goals to reduce and recycle municipal solid waste and selected industrial wastes.
Texas Smartscape Program
Interactive educational guide to native and drought-tolerant landscaping techniques.
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development - Energy Efficient Mortgages Program
The Energy Efficient Mortgages Program (EEM) helps homebuyers or homeowners save money on utility bills by enabling them to finance the cost of adding energy-efficiency features to new or existing housing as part of their FHA-insured home purchase or refinancing mortgage.