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Information on land use and land development for residential construction. Topics include land use infrastructure, land redevelopment, and land planning.

Innovative Products & Processes - Technology Inventory [Back to Top]

Consider using the products below to take advantage of their potential to provide one or more of the following in the homes you build: Affordability, Energy Efficiency, Quality & Durability, Environmental Performance, and Safety.

Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment
Low Impact Development (LID) Practices for Storm Water Management

Design & Construction Guides [Back to Top]

Guides for designing and building various types of construction

Alternative Individual Wastewater Systems: Options for Difficult Sites
First Things First: Considering Green Land Development
Green Land Development: Save Money and the Environment
Guides to Low Impact Development
Low-Impact Development Design Strategies: An Integrated Design Approach
Best Practices [Back to Top]

General recommendations and accepted practices

Low-Impact Development Hydrologic Analysis
The Practice of Low Impact Development

Performance Reports & Case Studies [Back to Top]

Evaluation of how products and systems perform in real life applications

Low Impact Development (LID): A Literature Review The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted a literature review to determine the availability and reliability of data to assess the effectiveness of low impact development (LID) practices for controlling stormwater runoff volume and reducing pollutant loadings to receiving waters.
TechPractices: New Colony Village, Corridor 1 L.P., Jessup, MD New Colony Village found a way to beat surrounding conventional subdivisions at their own game, installing two-story manufactured homes with site-built basements, porches and garages.

Questions & Answers [Back to Top]

Frequently asked questions, answered by home building professionals

We are remodeling a house on a 200x230 ft lot in a rural area. The septic system is over 40 years old and it must be completely redone. How can I get information on the concept of constructed wetlands to replace the failing system?
What should I do about mold spots on lumber while building a home?
Where can I go for information on ways to reduce the impact of development on the environment?

Online Tools [Back to Top]

Web-based programs that help the home building process

Land Development Technologies Database This centralized database was developed for the land development industry, including local planning departments to consult when researching and considering land development technology solutions
Web Links [Back to Top]

Recommended Web resources for additional information