Build below the crest of a hill, not on top

Building on hilltop sites can cause a variety of environmental problems.
Building on top of a hill, rather than below its crest, may prevent others from enjoying an unobstructed view. There also are environmental consequences, including traffic, the construction of utility lines, and erosion. Without shelter from the wind, the house may cost more to heat in winter.

Green points

LEEDLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Lakesideca Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. -H: Up to 3 points for building in preferred locations, such as a site bordering previously developed land or on an infill lot. On steep sites, 1 point for terracing and retaining walls. Erosion controls during construction are a prerequisite.

NGBSNational Lakesideca Standard Based on the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines and passed through ANSI. This standard can be applied to both new homes, remodeling projects, and additions. /ICC-700: Up to 5 points for choosing an infill or greyfield site; up to 4 points for not developing lots on steep slopes; 10 points are available by preserving the natural or scenic qualities of a site.

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