Appropriate green measures for So. Cal. new construction
Hi all. I have been back and forth on this forum and the building a house forum for info relevant to our new construction, and it was suggested that I post here for feedback.
We will be contructing a new home in so. cal., with shaded southern, northern and western exposures. We will be building toward the view to the east, so there will be lots of glazing on the east side. Though we will not be building a passive solar home, I am intrigued by the ideas on this forum for reducing energy consumption, including proper insulation (even the rooftop yard concept), solar applications for hot water and maybe energy, alternative heating/cooling ideas, and the like.
Because of our climate, however, I am learning that certain of these technologies may be overkill, including SIPS or ICF and geothermal heating/cooling.
Is there some short list of ecofriendly building measures that would be reasonable for this climate? Any thoughts would be appreciated.