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Remodeling Green!

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Green Remodeling 101

What is Green Remodeling?

Green Remodeling is an all-encompassing approach that emphasizes making a home healthy, comfortable, and efficient.  Consideration is give to indoor air quality, energy conservation, resource conservation, reduced material waste, and the use of products that are better for the environment and for people.

What Are the Benefits of Green Remodeling?

Environmental Benefits

  • Enhance and protect ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Improve air and water quality
  • Reduce solid waste
  • Conserve natural resources

Economic Benefits

  • Reduce operating costs
  • Enhance asset value and profits
  • Improve employee productivity and satisfaction
  • Optimize life-cycle economic performance

Health & Community Benefits

  • Improve air, thermal, and acoustic environments
  • Enhance occupant comfort and health
  • Minimize strain on local infrastructure
  • Contribute to overall quality of life

Facets of Green Remodeling

Energy conservation

The average home today utilizes systems for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, and many homes are not built as efficiently as they could be, all of which results in high-energy consumption.  The U.S. Department of Energy believes if current buildings were green-improved, they would use $20 billion less energy per year.  Green remodeling puts a strong emphasis on making homes as efficient as possible with modifications like energy efficient windows and doors.

Indoor air quality

There are many sources that contribute to the air quality inside a home.  They include pollutants brought in from the outside, toxic chemicals existing inside the home, and the activities of the occupants that create pollutants.  Major contributors are tobacco smoke, smoke from the burning of wood, coal, kerosene or other such substances, toxic fumes from sealants or chemicals from cleaning products, lead paint, asbestos from insulation, damp carpets or fabrics, and certain pressed-wood furniture products that release chemicals into the air.  Green remodeling seeks to remedy these problems with things like better ventilation systems and using wood, paint, and sealants that are nontoxic.

Reduce material waste and resource conservation

When remodeling a home, there is often a large amount of construction waste.  This amounts to 136 million tons of waste annually, according to the EPA, which in turn makes up 20% of the waste in landfills.  Green remodeling focuses on reducing this waste during remodeling and reusing materials whenever possible, as 85 to 90% of materials thrown out can be recycled.  Using local materials, building with engineered lumber, and using recycling companies to remove waste are all ways this can be achieved during remodeling.

Environmentally safe products

Many products and practices used in remodeling a home have negative effects on the environment.  From chemicals and materials that pollute the air to the disturbing of the surrounding landscape, a myriad of actions taken can cause harm.  With green, care is given to minimizing or eliminating products that could cause harm to the environment or the occupants during remodeling or after.

Home Check Plus is a Green Contractor!

There are many ways to incorporate GREEN into your home remodeling project.  From the products we use to the way we install them.

Home Check Plus is a Certified Green Professional.  We are trained to discuss with our clients how green homes provide lower energy costs and higher value and how to incorporate green building principles without driving up the cost of construction. Read the Certified Green Professional Code of Ethics.

Home Check Plus can register your project with NAHB National Green Building Program.
         NAHB National Green Building Program  NAHB Certified Green Professional

Contact Us for more information. We can show you  how to "save some green by going green!"