Energy efficiency and ‘going green’ are essential for preserving our environment. Construction is one of the most impactful ways one can implement eco-friendly practices into their everyday life. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2014, the state of Florida produced over 200 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. Cities like Tampa contribute to the annual dump of pollutants into our atmosphere, and homes, offices, and other structures are the leading cause. By choosing to work with a green building company, you can make your home eco-conscious with ease. With our services, you will not even have to think twice about reducing your impact on the environment, because your house does the work for you.
Greaves Construction — Tampa’s Green Building Company
Two major factors, water and electricity, are what a green building company focuses on when it comes to conservation. These are the largest sources of waste and environmentally unfriendly practices in the home. Many people tend to leave lights on, run water when they are brushing their teeth, take extra-long showers. Additionally, leaving electronics plugged in and turned on can lead to a lot of waste. The topic of overuse and waste is particularly relevant in Tampa, where we enjoy beautiful weather nearly all year long and often need the air conditioning running most of the time.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
A green building company can outfit your whole house in eco-conscious ways, but the main areas where you can make the most difference in the home are kitchens and bathrooms. On average, it is in these rooms that the most energy and water is wasted on a regular basis. A few ways you can reduce your consumption include:
- Water-efficient faucets, taps, and showerheads
- Low-flow toilets (toilets account for more than 25% of the average home’s water usage)
- Energy-Star approved ventilation fans
- Tankless water heaters (these are becoming much more common in Tampa)
- LED light bulbs (these green powerhouses use 80% less energy and last 25 times longer than other bulbs)
- Energy Star appliances (dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves, ovens, and more)
Additions like aerators to faucets can give you twice the water pressure while using half as much water. Add in superstar materials like sustainable flooring and no-VOC paints, sustainable wood for cabinets, and recycled materials, and you have a home that is a true friend to the environment.
IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) is an important way to measure the environment of a home, office, or any other kind of building. It directly relates to human health and determines the level of risk of exposure to airborne contaminants (think dust, pollen, mold, dander, etc.). Many things contribute to indoor air quality, including the materials used to construct your Tampa home. This factor is something that you need to account for if you want to be environmentally conscious (not to mention health and safety-conscious). Certain materials require closer examination than others, such as flooring. With Greaves Construction as your green building company, you can trust that we examine the details with you before we get to work.
As far as flooring is concerned, you have many choices. There is an option for every style and budget. Some of the possible selections include non-toxic, renewable, and sustainable options like bamboo, natural linoleum, cork, engineered hardwoods, reclaimed/recycled wood, and others. Depending on what your preferences are, some materials may be better suited for your abode. For example, homes in Tampa lend themselves to materials like linoleum. Linoleum keeps cool, even in the humid summers, and can handle a fair amount of foot traffic. If you opt for an even more durable and low-maintenance option like vinyl planking, make sure that it comes from a sustainable manufacturer that is committed to producing their products with low-VOCs for safe IAQ levels.
Working with Greaves Construction as your green building company means you can trust that we will always put the research and investigative work into the products and materials we use in your home.
Other ways your green building company can make your home more sustainable is by using insulation for temperature control. Your air conditioning unit will be more efficient, reducing your power bills as well as your electricity usage. Double-paned windows that prevent leakage are another way you can lessen the strain on your A/C unit, especially in hot Tampa summers.
Why You Should Choose a Green Building Company
You can conserve energy and save money by choosing options like sustainable flooring, LED light bulbs, and non-toxic, VOC-free paints. There are many ways to make your home less impactful on the environment. As a green building company in Tampa, we offer services that promote sustainable living and reduced consumption. We can help you to lighten your carbon footprint on the planet.
For a green building company you can rely on, choose Greaves Construction. We have the expertise and experience to make your Tampa home a sustainable, eco-friendly place to live. To learn more, contact us or give us a call at 813-985-2739.