means making educated choices to improve
the quality and durability of your home, as well as increasing
the comfort and usability for the . Each project
is a unique opportunity to implement green building practices,
and to improve the home you live in while having a softer
impact on the
Quality and Durability
Quality homes and smart design mean your project will last over time, reducing waste going to the landfills, saving the homeowner money, and increasing enjoyment of the home, while supporting local craftsmanship.
By treating the house as a system, we can improve overall energy efficiency. More than just changing out light bulbs, energy efficiency means sealing ducts, sizing HVAC systems correctly, proper insulation, using house siting and landscape shading to reduce heat in the home, increasing homeowner comfort, and more.
Green building seeks to reduce the amount of material going to landfills, recycle and reuse materials wherever possible, and encourage the use of sustainable materials for projects. Recycled content, sustainably managed forests, durability, and appropriate use of materials come into play. While no one product is 100% green, we can find the best products with the least impact, based on your specific project.
Responsible water use affects us at the community and state levels. Improvements can be made on many levels to reduce water consumption, from aerators on faucets and mulch on landscaping, to recirculating pumps that send cold water back to the water heater while waiting for your shower to warm up. Rainwater collection systems can store winter rains for summer landscape watering, and native plants will be happier in our naturally severe summers. Low-flow and dual-flush toilets are a great way to reduce water consumption without making major lifestyle changes as well.
Indoor Air Quality
Many building products emit toxic fumes inside the home. In addition, dirt, mold, and other air contaminants build up inside homes over time – in the grout in your shower, in the carpet and padding on your floor. These can all affect health and enjoyment of the home, from allergies and asthma to “sick building syndrome.” In addition, many of these chemicals have been linked to cancer, and are starting to be regulated and limited. Green building has encouraged the market to produce safe, healthy alternatives for glues and other products that are the worst offenders for indoor air quality. In addition, ventilation and HVAC systems can support healthy indoor air instead of contributing to indoor air quality problems and discomfort. Product decisions can minimize opportunities for mold and dirt to build up inside the home over time as well.
Smart designs for communities decrease fuel consumption, reduce water needs, keep waterways cleaner, and create live-able, rewarding communities for residents. While remodeling doesn’t allow us as many opportunities to be involved in community planning, we are involved in the local discussions about green building, sustainable living, and smart choices.