Home Owner’s Manual
Table of Contents
Build Green Certification 3
Optimizing Water Use 4
Optimizing Energy Use 5
PNM’s “Sky Blue” Renewable Energy Program 6
Disposing of hazardous materials 6
Alternative Transportation 6
Water, Power, and Gas Shutoffs 7
Maintenance checklist 7
Operation of Equipment 8
Green Home Certification & Green Features Exhibit A
Appliance manuals In pockets
Build Green NM Certification
Your new home has been certified by Build Green NM as meeting extensive
green building requirements. The buider of your home has used the Build Green
NM Guidelines as a reference in planning and building, and has submitted
documentation (such as floor plans and the results of energy efficiency testing) to
show that certian criteria in the guidelines were met.
Build Green NM‟s Guidelines (available on www.buildgreennm.com) provide
builders with information about different aspects of green building. The
guidelines are also the basis of our certification program. In order for a home to
be certified, the builder must accumulate a minimum number of points in each of
the Guidelines‟ seven sections (Lot Design, Preparation & Development, Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Indoor Air Quality, and
Homeowner Education). Points are allocated for meeting different criteria, like
using low-flow faucets or putting in solar panels. Because there are an infinite
number of ways to build green, we provide builders with a lot of different options,
and allow them to choose what makes sense for each project.
Certification to Build Green NM‟s Guildelines does in no way imply any warranty or guarantee for the home or the home‟s performance. Builders who are
members of Build Green NM are not certified in any way by Build Green NM
(only individual homes are certified) and Build Green NM members are not
required to participate in any educational programs. For Build Green NM
membership, a builder is required to be a licensed contracor in good standing
with the state and Better Business Bureau.
Build Green NM seeks to be a resource for both builders and consumers. For
any additional information on green building, or to request copies of any of the
information that was provided by the builder in the process of certifying this
homes, please feel free to contact Build Green NM.
Build Green New Mexico
4100 Wolcott Avenue N.E., Suite B, Albuquerque NM, 87109
Phone (505) 344-3294 Fax (505) 345-3795 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations! You have a home that was built to be comfortable, energy
efficient, low maintenance and last a very long time. You are living in a “High Performance Home.”
The purpose of the manual is to;
? provide guidance in the maintenance of the home and equipment
? offer suggestions to improve energy efficiency
? further enhance your low – impact on the environment
? locate shutoffs to systems and utilities
? provide education about the features of this “Green” home
Please keep this manual for future use and to educate future owners of this
home of the “value-added” features within.
Optimizing Water Use
Low Water Landscaping
Already established plants are either local indigenous plants or Xeric plants that
are good for our climate. These are watered by a drip system as well as the
French Drain installed to utilize rainwater and reduce runoff. Please consider
continuing with a xeric landscape.
? Utilize the Drip irrigation system
o Adjust settings for winter or summer seasons. Winter use should be
reduced to 1-2 times a month
o New plants should be watered more often, but for shorter durations
(especially for small plants)
o After plants are established, set the system to water deep (longer
periods less often)
o Separating the system into two zones allows for two different
schedules for different types of plants
o There is a “rain” setting to turn system off. Remember to turn the
system back on. Settings are saved while in the rain or off position.
o Check the system periodically. While you can „set and forget‟ a drip
irrigation system for the most part, it is important to monitor it from time
? Are plants wilted?...too dry.
? Is soil always wet?...Increase the time between watering.
? Is water coming out of drippers when the system is on? ...They
can clog but are easy to unclog.
? Is the system spraying or soaking unevenly? …the line may
have come loose or been cut. Be careful when weeding with a
? Check and maintain rainwater collection system
o The downspout diverts water away from the house into a “French”
drain system so that rain water is utilized. Check for proper flows
out of the downspout after or during rainfall. You can get on the
roof to check downspouts, or you can ask the A/C technician to
check for and remove leaves and debris from the gutter when you
have the a/c unit serviced.
o Keep the grill clean where