Remodeling, in many ways, is the greenest choice you can make when it comes to upgrading your living space. Remodeling with sustainability in mind will allow you to reuse materials in your home that are already in place, minimizing the impact on the environment and improving your quality of life.
We take our commitment to the environment and sustainable building practices seriously. We’re proud to carry the Certified Green Professional™ designation, which recognizes builders, remodelers and other industry professionals who incorporate green and sustainable building principles into homes— without driving up the cost of construction. The required courses provide a solid background in green building methods, as well as the tools to reach consumers, from the organization leading the charge to provide market-driven green building solutions to the home building industry.
Having an eco-friendly home can change the quality of life for you and your family in many drastic ways. Sustainable appliances will ultimately reduce your bills thanks to their energy efficiency. There are even incentives offered by local, state and federal agencies for going green in your lifestyle. Windows, doors, roofing, insulation, and HVAC are all items of a home remodel that are subject to tax credits. Local utility providers sometimes offer rebates for green upgrades as well. Think strategically when remodeling, and consider what items can be reused or repurposed. Recycling items will reduce the cost of new materials and will minimize waste.
Sustainable, energy-efficient appliances will reduce your energy bills and may be subject to local, state, and federal incentives. Energy Star appliances also offer rebates and cost-saving calculators. Remember that appliances have two price tags: the purchase price and the cost of operating the product. ENERGY STAR certified appliances help consumers save money on operating costs by reducing energy use without sacrificing performance.
Countertops, Backsplashes, and Sinks
Natural materials feature a classic look and contain less toxic materials.
Toilets & Sinks
Twenty-seven percent of household water is used in toilets. Low-volume and dual-flush toilets are increasing in popularity which increases the options available. Ceramic and non-toxic cement are great options for sinks and basins, and low flow shower heads and faucets can reduce water usage.
Reclaimed lighting fixtures coupled with high-efficiency, Energy Star lightbulbs will save you time and money. CFL bulbs last, on average, up to ten times longer than incandescent bulbs.
In addition to the materials mentioned above, consider solar technology, on-demand water heaters, and high-efficiency insulation to reduce your environmental impact. not all sustainable materials are created equal, but our Green Professional Certification provides us with the information and resources we need to help you make the best decisions. Contact us today to discuss your options.