What are the top 10 sustainable and eco-friendly building practices that are gaining popularity in the construction industry?

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1. Passive design: Incorporating smart building orientation, insulation, and shading to reduce the need for mechanical heating and cooling.

2. Energy-efficient appliances and lighting: Installing energy-efficient HVAC systems, LED lighting, and appliances rated with ENERGY STAR certification.

3. Solar energy: Utilizing solar panels to generate electricity and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

4. Rainwater harvesting: Collecting rainwater for non-potable uses like irrigation, toilet flushing, and laundry.

5. Greywater recycling: Treating and reusing water from sinks, showers, and laundry for non-potable purposes.

6. Green roofs and walls: Installing vegetated roofs and walls that improve insulation, reduce stormwater runoff, and provide wildlife habitat.

7. Sustainable materials: Choosing eco-friendly and locally sourced materials with lower embodied carbon, such as recycled content, bamboo, straw bale, or reclaimed wood.

8. Water-efficient fixtures: Installing low-flow toilets, faucets, and showerheads to conserve water.

9. Waste reduction and recycling: Implementing construction waste management plans to divert materials from landfills and encourage recycling.

10. Building automation and controls: Utilizing smart technologies that optimize building operations, including energy monitoring, occupancy sensors, and advanced HVAC and lighting controls.

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