Use landscaping to divert water away from buildings

A dry foundation makes for a happier house.
Landscape features should be designed so they divert water away from the foundation. Basement water problems will be fewer, and there won't be as much water to puddle around the building, which can contribute to decay. Ideally, water diverted from the building should be allowed to soak into the ground rather than channeled into storm sewers or a nearby body of water.

Green points

LEED for HomesLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. : Up to 4 points for developing a permeable lot; 1 point for reducing runoff with terraces and retaining walls; up to 2 points for managing runoff from the roof (SS 4).
NGBSNational Green Building Standard Based on the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines and passed through ANSI. This standard can be applied to both new homes, remodeling projects, and additions. /ICC-700: 6 points for preserving natural water and drainage features; 6 points for developing a stormwater management plan; up to 5 points for minimizing permeable surfaces to manage stormwater (503.4).

Learn more in the Green Building Encyclopedia

Water Management

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