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Services Provided
Civil and Structural Engineering

​• Structural Engineering  • Parcel Splits and Subdivisions

• Road Designs  • Topographical Mapping

• Site Plans   • Grading Plans

• General Surveying   • Lot Line Adjustments

• Greenhouse Analysis and Permitting   • Drainage Studies
• Perc. and Mantle Tests   • Septic System Design
• Compaction Testing   • Geotech Testing
• Title 24 (Energy Calcs)   • House Plans and General Drafting

• Modular Home Design   • Retaining Walls

• Rock Walls   • Pond Designs

Blueprint Design
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Lincoln and Long Engineering

Since 1977, Lincoln and Long Civil Engineering has offered homeowners, contractors and developers prompt and dependable service from one of the most experienced full-time staffs in the area. Our philosophy has always been that we serve the people and contractors of California. By this we mean that we will always strive to provide the most cost-efficient solution for our clients, while upholding the highest standards of our Engineering profession and abiding by the local requirements.
We offer the broadest range of services in the area, making Lincoln and Long the ideal one-stop Civil Engineering firm. You save time and money by not having to travel all over the county to get the job done.
No matter what your engineering needs, Lincoln and Long will guide your project through to approval and completion.

Get Started Today! 530-273-0503
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Thousands of Jobs Well Done

Green Building and Net-Zero

What is a Green Home?

Green Building in California: A Decade of Sustainability Benefits

California, a leader in environmental consciousness, is a prime example of where green building practices shine. Here's a closer look at the benefits of going green in the Golden State, with specific numbers to consider over a 10-year period:

Energy Savings: California has strict energy codes (Title 24) that green buildings often surpass. Studies by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) suggest LEED-certified buildings in California can achieve 20-30% lower energy consumption compared to traditionally built structures. This translates to significant cost savings on electricity bills, with estimates suggesting potential savings of $10,000 to $30,000 over a 10-year period for a typical commercial building (depending on size and location).

Water Conservation: California grapples with water scarcity. Green buildings, with features like low-flow fixtures and water-efficient landscaping, can achieve 20-50% reductions in water usage. For a medium-sized office building in California, this translates to potential water savings of 200,000 to 500,000 gallons over a decade.

Increased Property Value: Green buildings are in high demand in California. Studies suggest that LEED-certified buildings can command 5-10% higher rental rates and 7-10% higher sale prices compared to non-green counterparts. This could equate to an additional $50,000 to $100,000 in value for a typical California home over 10 years (depending on location and market conditions).

Improved Occupant Health: Green buildings generally prioritize healthy indoor environments with better air quality and natural light. 

Additional California-specific benefits:

  • Tax incentives and rebates: California offers various tax breaks and rebates to encourage green building practices, further lowering the initial investment costs.

  • Grid resilience: As California transitions to renewable energy sources, green buildings with features like solar panels can offer greater resilience against power outages and contribute to a more stable energy grid.

It's important to remember that these are estimates, and the actual benefits can vary depending on the specific project, location, and implementation. However, they paint a clear picture of the long-term advantages of green building in California. By making a conscious choice to go green, Californians can contribute to a more sustainable future while reaping significant financial and health benefits.

What is a Net-Zero Home?

A net-zero home is an eco-friendly home designed to use as much renewable energy as it consumes over a year. Imagine a house that produces its own power, reducing reliance on the traditional grid! Here's how it works:

  • Energy Efficiency First: These homes are built tight! Superior insulation, high-performance windows, and efficient appliances minimize energy needs.

  • Renewable Energy Powerhouse: Solar panels are the most common source, soaking up the sun's rays to generate electricity. 

  • Net Zero = Balance: The key is achieving a net balance between energy used and energy produced. Over a year, the home should generate enough renewable energy to offset the energy it consumes from the grid.

Benefits:

  • Save Money: Lower energy bills and potential tax credits make net-zero homes attractive in the long run.

  • Environmental Hero: By reducing reliance on fossil fuels, net-zero homes combat climate change.

  • Increased Comfort: Superior insulation often leads to quieter and more comfortable living spaces.

While the upfront costs can be higher, net-zero homes represent a future-oriented approach to living, offering environmental and financial rewards.

Contact Us

568 East Main Street Grass Valley CA 95945

530-273-0503

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