Going Green Construction (PDF with Master Resale Rights)
An Insider’s Look At The Trend In Green Construction
Green construction practices aim to cut back the environmental affect of buildings, so the very first rule is: the greenest construction is the construction that doesn't get constructed.
New construction almost always degrades a construction site, so not construction is preferred to green construction. The 2nd rule is: every construction ought to be as little as possible. The 3rd rule is: do not contribute to sprawl (the tendency is for metropolises to spread out in a disordered fashion). Regardless how much grass you put on your roof, regardless how energy-efficient windows, etc., you utilize, if you contribute to sprawl, you've defeated your purpose. Urban infill sites are preferred to suburban "greenfield" sites.