Residential & Commercial Green Building
Making homes and buildings in Encinitas environmentally friendly not only helps to save resources, it can save money. It is important to educate yourself on new materials, products, and building methods that can make your home or office a healthier and more efficient place to live or work. Green building encompasses a building’s whole life cycle, from construction and materials to maintenance and daily resource consumption. When building a new home or renovating an existing structure, be sure to look at examples of local green homes and to educate yourself on the standards and features of green building. The US Green Building Council’s Green Home Guide will give you pointers on how to “green” your home, room by room.
The City of Encinitas Green Building Incentive Program provides financial incentive, priority plan check, and City Council recognition for projects that register and achieve certification with Build It Green (BIG) GreenPoint Rated and/or US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ®. Once registered with the City’s program, all plan checks for construction-related permits receive priority in the plan check process. On completion of the project and certification by BIG or LEED®, the project will be eligible for reimbursement for the costs of providing green building measures to achieve final certification up to a maximum of $2,000 per project.
(Green Building Incentive Program Registration form)
Under a separate program, permit fees for basic installations of energy efficient systems such as solar systems and electric vehicle charging systems may be waived or reduced.
National Green Building Standard
Green Building Advisor
Build It Green
US EPA Green Building
County of San Diego Green Building Program
US Green Building Council
Drought Tolerant Landscaping
Save water by replacing turf lawns with native plants and drought tolerant landscaping. Plants native to Southern California are easy to maintain and provide natural and attractive landscaping for your yard. Get inspired by Sunset Magazine’s examples of drought tolerant yard renovations and read Encinitas’ own San Diego Botanical Garden’s list of low water use plants. On the last Sunday of each month, attend one of the San Diego Botanical Garden’s Waterwise Tours to learn more about water saving gardens and unique ways to save water in your garden. Preview the U.S. Department of Energy's infographic on building energy and water use efficiency into your landscape design. For additional resources in designing and selecting material for your drought tolerant garden, check WaterSmartsd.org. Please be sure to review other information on Water Conservation programs, workshops and incentives.
Department of Energy – Landscaping Water Conservation
Evergreen Nursery’s List of Drought Tolerant Plants
City of Encinitas Water Efficient Landscape Regulations