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A good landscaping job can do more than increase the value of a home. Trees, for instance, can help reduce energy bills by 20 to 25 percent. Trees might provide shade in the hot summer months, reducing air-conditioning costs. Some trees drop their leaves in winter, so that warm sunshine provides free heat.

The soils around and under a home have to be prepared for the foundations before construction, at which time systems are put in place to drain moisture away from the house. Drainage systems, septic planning, water level, and soil type are all important sitework considerations to be addressed long before landscaping begins.

Through ToolBase and the PATH Technology Inventory, PATH offers a list of new technologies and systems that can help homeowners make better decisions about how to plan a site for a new home, as well as to care for the areas around an existing home.

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The Rehab Guide Volume 9: Site Work August 1999
The Rehab Guides are a series of nine guidebooks to inform the design and construction industry about state-of-the-art materials and innovative practices in housing rehabilitation. Volume 9 covers wood decks, porches, and fences; paved driveways, walks, patios, masonary walls; and underground construction landscape.

Technology Inventory Spotlight

Aerobic Wastewater Treatment Units
Mechanism to inject and circulate air inside a tank, encouraging decomposition for a higher quality effluent.

Bioretention Sites for Stormwater Management
Method to retain stormwater on site and use plants and soil layers to reduce the amount of nutrients and other pollutants that enter local waterways.

Modular Block Retaining Wall Systems
Interlocking concrete units tie back into the earth to efficiently resist loads; can accommodate a wide variety of site constraints, project sizes, and aesthetic preferences.

Permeable Pavement
Allows stormwater to seep through so that, instead of running off into storm drains, it is filtered by the soil and regenerated into the water table.

Drought-tolerant plants create a visually attractive landscape, reducing outdoor water use while requiring less maintenance than a traditional turf landscape.

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