Green Building - The Simple Facts

In recent years, Anaheim has established a reputation as a "freedom-friendly" city. Our reputation evolved because we offer our residents and businesses greater choices, greater opportunities to succeed and greater freedom to define and create their own slice of the American Dream. Our efforts not only apply to Anaheim residents and businesses, but also to building and land development partners. Our Green Connection programs are no exception. Here are the basic facts about green building.

Sustainable Sites
Careful attention to site selection takes into consideration such future needs as:
  • Access to public transportation
  • Accommodation for alternative fuel vehicles
  • Parking capacity
  • Prevention of the heat island effect and light pollution
  • Protection or restoration of open space
  • Storm water management
Water Efficiency
Water-efficient landscapes, water-efficient equipment and appliances, and innovative wastewater technologies are employed to reduce costs, help preserve water supplies and prevent pollution.

Energy Efficiency
Green building incorporates a variety of energy-efficiency measures such as use of:
  • Daylighting
  • High-efficiency appliances and equipment
  • Renewable energy
  • Superior insulation
Cleaner Atmosphere
Reduction of greenhouse gas and CFC in HVAC and refrigeration to preserve and protect the environment are examples of important elements of green building.

Wiser Use of Materials & Resources
All materials used in construction should provide the best value in terms of the life of the product and future maintenance costs. At the same time, materials must be selected with environmental concerns in mind. Green builders consider not only the finished products they will use in construction, but also the methods of:
  • Packaging
  • Product manufacturing
  • Raw material acquisition
  • Transportation
  • Use
Green building also means being conscious of waste management. Recycling and reusing materials when practical helps prevent the overuse of landfills.

Indoor Environmental Quality
Green buildings provide good:
  • Acoustics
  • Indoor air quality
  • Lighting
  • Temperature control
This benefits the health and comfort of inhabitants. This requires the use of environmentally-friendly building materials and innovative designs, with special attention to the ventilation, insulation, and heating and air-conditioning systems.

We strongly urge individuals and developers to contact Anaheim Public Utilities at 714-765-4182 to learn more about Green Building and the Anaheim Green Connection. We are anxious to meet with you early in the design phase of your project. We also welcome your emails and are happy to offer more information on specific Green Building issues, rebates and incentives. In most cases, we can also offer additional savings through one or several of our Advantage Services energy and water efficiency programs. In addition, we are willing to discuss creative opportunities for partnerships that may result in sustainable development here in Anaheim.