Building Safety Month
May is Building Safety Month. The City, in conjunction with the International Code Council, is celebrating a 34-year legacy of leadership in building safety by offering our residents a month's worth of tips for living more safely and comfortably.
View our model home display, which offers a peek inside the walls and under the floorboards of a typical home to see hidden piping, electrical and other systems, and learn more about when and why building codes and inspections are required for safety.
View and download a kids' activity book.
Build a Brighter, More Efficient Tomorrow
Building green means living better, smarter and healthier. Just by choosing energy-efficient building materials and supplies, homeowners can make positive changes to both inside and outside environments, creating homes that are better for you and our world. Building green does not necessarily mean starting from scratch or spending more money. There are many ways to improve the green factor in existing homes by using longer-lasting and sustainable materials.
Energy Use Reduction
- Use energy-efficient light bulbs, turn off lights and unplug electronics when not in use.
- Install programmable thermostats. If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees with no reduction in comfort. Turn off the fan when you leave the room.
- Upgrade windows, heating and air conditioning equipment, and change filters frequently.
- Add caulk or weather-stripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows, and install more insulation in walls and attics.
Using Trees and Vegetation
- Trees that directly shade hard surface areas such as buildings, driveways and sidewalks reduce heat buildup during the day and allow for faster cooling of the area at night.
- Tree shade can slow deterioration of street pavement, decreasing the amount of maintenance needed.
- Trees absorb and block noise and reduce glare.
- Trees absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses such as sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide from the air and release oxygen.
- You can improve the energy efficiency of your heat pump by shading it with a tree.
- Vegetation reduces runoff and improves water quality by absorbing and filtering rainwater.
- Trees and vegetation provide aesthetic value and a habitat for many species.
Read about 10 important tips for green and sustainable building.
Request a free home energy review.
Read about water conservation tips.
View resident resources and tips.
Learn more about the top 11 things you didn't know about saving energy at home.