News : Green Tips from Little Green Homes

Sep 24, 2013

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald on September 23, 2013.

This week's tips, featuring things to consider when building a new home, come from Little Green Homes, a Seacoast company that emphasizes sustainable building materials and techniques both large and small.

1. Avoid building in an environmentally sensitive area.

2. Try to locate your home near or within an existing community to reduce the impact that sewer and water connections have on the land.

3. Allow for access to public transportation and to sidewalks and trails for walking and biking.

To read the entire list in the Portsmouth Herald, click here.

4. Minimize site disturbance, control erosion and landscape with native plants that can survive in your growing zone with occasional watering.

5. Choose responsibly sourced materials. For a wood-frame house, for example, this means using reclaimed, locally grown or certified wood. The Forest Stewardship Council is a nonprofit that provides third-party certification of building materials, guaranteeing environmentally and socially responsible harvest practices.

For information about Little Green Homes, visit For more green tips, visit or at the Green Alliance blog at