Green Construction Details

TightLines designs tread lightly on the environment by allowing for efficient construction techniques and a reduction in material waste through careful planning.  Our plans feature moisture-resistant construction details and designers consider ventilation techniques that are proven to improve indoor air quality.  The end result is a collection of designs that allow for some of the healthiest, efficient and cutting edge homes available today.

TightLines staff members have extensive experience and knowledge of green construction techniques and various certification processes.  Our team has made a significant investment of time and effort in compiling a library of green construction details and opportunities to make your home as healthy, energy efficient and sustainable as possible.  Each set of construction drawings includes a ' Green Opportunities' sheet -- a compilation of well-researched suggestions and recommendations that serve as guidelines to make your home live better and be better for the environment.

While there are a number of national green certification programs such as LEED, ENERGY STAR and NAHBGreen, local green certification programs are likely available in your area. Our team can assist in researching whether exploring green program certification makes sense for you and your project.  Research shows that in addition to the environmental and personal health benefits of sustainable construction techniques, green certifications also provide economic benefits to homeowners.  A number of certification programs actually provide monthly energy guarantees that give homeowners tremendous peace of mind.  Additionally, homes with third party green certification spend fewer days on the market and sell at a higher price than their non-certified counterparts. 

Below are a number of examples of the many 'opportunities' and green details included in our standard drawings:

+ Framing Efficiency — Interior and exterior insulated 2-stud corners with drywall clips, T-walls with drywall clips

+ Optional non-bearing wall studs at 24” o.c.

+ Raised heel trusses (for framing efficiency and continuity of insulation)

+ Insulated window and door header details

+ High performance insulation techniques

+ Overhang depth options

+ Window flashing details

+ Metal roof drip edge and roof gutters

+ Continuous foundation termite flashing

+ Closed (conditioned) crawlspace options

+ Construction site issues such as centralized cutting areas, recycle bins and stormwater run-off controls

Green Opportunities
Green Opportunities