A Green Approach to Remodeling
Our firm can help you incorporate environmentally-conscious principles into your remodeling or renovation project. A green approach to remodeling can save you money by using fewer materials, creating less waste during construction, and requiring far less energy to operate over the life of the structure. Our approach is to first understand your goals for sustainability and then educate you on the complete range of products and technologies that are currently available. We can determine what any approach would cost and what it would return to you, the owner. We have experience with a variety of green technologies and design approaches including:
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems – Solar electric systems are a proven technology that can reduce your long-term energy costs. By incorporating them in the design phase, we can recommend site-specific solutions to maximize output while maintaining your home or building’s aesthetics. We will advise you of local, state, and federal programs that may make solar electric even more affordable.
Advanced Energy Efficiency – From radiant roof and ceiling barriers to the latest in blown-in insulation, we understand how to create the proper building envelope that allows for circulation, yet reduces unnecessary heating and cooling costs, as well as unwanted noise.
Solar and Tankless Hot Water Systems – You have many options today to heat water far more efficiently than in the past – and without exceeding the costs you would pay for a conventional system. Both tankless and solar water heaters are an ideal way for any home or building to operate as efficiently as possible.
Healthy Material Selections – Today, there is a range of materials used in construction that have less impact on the environment and create healthier indoor spaces, all without sacrificing quality. From reclaimed or formaldehyde-free engineered wood, to hypo-allergenic HVAC systems, to low- or no-VOC paints, we can help you create a model green home.
Rainwater Harvesting – Rainwater collection systems were once part of many American homes. With the rise in urbanization in the 20th century, these systems fell from widespread use. But today, rainwater collection can be an important way to reduce utility costs and help you maintain better, healthier landscapes. We can provide you with cost-effective options that fit your site and our local climate.
Grey Water Systems – Grey water systems allow you to collect and treat onsite uncontaminated waste water (like from washers, dishwashers, and the kitchen sink). These systems reduce your home or building's environmental footprint and, in some cases, can be used for onsite irrigation of landscapes.
Construction Waste Minimization and Recycling – By thinking green right from the beginning of the design phase, we can use fewer materials during construction. Ask us about:
- Design choices like right-sizing decks and room sizes to match traditional lumber sizes
- Material selections like finger-jointed studs that help us get maximum use from every piece of wood
- Construction recycling – To make your remodel even more green, we can recycle any waste material like concrete, asphalt, asphalt shingles, gypsum wallboard, wood, and metals.