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Green Building with Sustainable Design

Green building is use of designs, products, systems and materials to reduce the carbon footprint of your building. The carbon footprint is the CO2 emitted by the energy burned to heat and cool a structure over its lifetime, the CO2 emitted by energy burned to generate power for the home and the CO2 emitted by energy used to manufacture the building components, products and materials.

Remodelers are problem solvers, you come to them with your wants, needs, problems and they produce designs to solve these problems and meet your needs. As your local remodelers we have been basically building green for years. Deconstruction (not demolition) of existing areas, reuse of existing materials for reconstruction, donate all usable building materials fixtures, cabinets, recycle debris.

The house is a system, all components of this system work together.

Green building science studies the management of these components to make a building system work. The key elements are the management of heat, air and moisture.

Energy Efficiency

  • Reduce energy cost without sacrificing level of comfort desired
  • HVAC System
  • Higher efficiency systems
  • Sealed ductwork
  • Ducts and air handler in conditioned space
  • Reduce energy loss through windows and doors
  • Reduce heat gain through windows and doors
  • Increase insulation value
  • Install radiant barriers to reflect heat gain back out
  • Solar systems
  • Wind systems
  • CFL or LED lighting
  • Gas appliances, Energy Star appliances

Water Efficiency

  • Low flow faucets, shower heads
  • Zeroscape landscaping
  • Drip irrigation
  • Grey water systems, use water twice before it goes to your irrigation system
  • Rain water reclamation
  • Tankless water heaters
  • Hot water re-circulation pumps
  • Use products that last
  • Use products made of Recycled materials
  • Maintain level of comfort desired
  • Maximize efficiency

Improving Your Kitchen with Green Building

  • Bamboo Floors: Bamboo is a renewable source that grows at an incredible rate of up to 2 feet per day!
  • Eco-Friendly Cabinets: This is rare, but quickly becoming popular to use wheat board made of straw instead of plywood.
  • Improve Efficiency: There is no such thing as totally Green Kitchen. Cooking/cooling requires a lot of power and utilizing Energy Star appliances can greatly reduce power usage.

New awareness of the age old concept of green building is bringing new products to the market every day. This so-called “trend” will become standard building practice in the very near future. Do your homework, watch for green washing (products or services that are not really green), reduce your carbon footprint, and be part of a combined effort to save our planet!

Green and Recycled Products

A product is green if it lowers pressure on the environment through the use of materials that are renewable or sustainably harvested, that is harvested in a way that doesn’t permanently deplete the source of the material.

A product is green if it reduces the use of water throughout a home, lowering demands on sources and energy intensive infrastructure required to pipe, store and purify it.

A product is green it reduces pressure on the waste stream.

A product is green if it reduces the carbon footprint of a home. The carbon footprint is the CO2 emitted by the energy burned to heat and cool a structure over its lifetime, the 2 emitted by energy burned to generate power for the home and the CO2 emitted by energy use to manufacture the building component.

A product is green if it improves the indoor air quality or reduces chemical exposure within a home, thereby improving the health of the people who live there. This includes all products that reduce mold because mold can greatly impact indoor air quality.

Does your community recycle? It’s not too late! Donate usable items to habitat for humanity (and receive a tax receipt ‘in kind’ donations).

These products do not cost as much as they save and will pay for themselves over time and reduce the carbon footprint of your home.

  • HVAC duct sealants
  • High eff HVAC filter
  • Window flashing
  • Green cleaning products
  • Insulation made from recycled products
  • Recycled paint and green cerified carpet
  • Wood flooring, bamboo, engineered
  • Certified lumber, engineered lumber
  • Composite, recycled decking
  • Metal roofing or roof shingles made of recycled materials
  • Low flow faucets, shower heads, and dual flush toilets/flush free urinals
  • Permeable pavers
  • Rain water harvest
  • Water filtration systems
  • Cement siding
  • CFL lighting
  • Energy star rated appliances and lighting, three tab shingles or metal roofing, and windows
  • High efficiency HVAC systems
  • LED lighting