Green Building

It’s Good for the Environment and You

Your remodeling project can be designed and built in ways that promotes energy efficiency and decreases the negative impact of buildings on you as occupants and on the environment. This is “Green Building”, for which there are best practices and recognized industry standards.

When we work with you to “go green”, you’ll see it applied to several areas of your project, including: indoor environmental quality, energy, site planning, water management, and material use.

You’ll realize economic benefits as well as value the mark you leave on the environment, with such benefits as these:

  • Increase demand for recycled building products creates markets for the materials collected in municipal recycling programs.
  • Reducing and recycling construction wastes has a beneficial impact on the environment, the homeowner, the local municipality, and those who might benefit from materials donations.
  • Recycling construction waste is often less expensive than disposal.
  • Realize monthly utility savings by making your home more energy efficient.
  • The use of onsite electricity generation, via photo-voltaic cells or other methods, saves you money, reduces air-pollution, and reduces the state’s dependence on out-of-state power generation.
  • Using low-flow water fixtures and reducing the amount of landscape can reduce water demand, and save money for homeowners who live in areas with water meters.
  • Cities that embrace green building can reduce the impacts on their infrastructure, including roads, water treatment, and storm water run-off.
  • Reducing water consumption also saves electricity used to pump water to consumers.

Please call us if you have any questions. Call 703-641-5866. Meanwhile, the following online resources may interest you.

Green Building Resources

Meanwhile, the following online resources may interest you.

www.veluxusa.com
VELUX is one of the strongest brands in the global building materials and home improvement industry.

www.greenbuilder.com
An Internet-based resource for information on green building, by Sustainable Building Sources.

www.focusonenergy.com
Clean Energy Grants

www.energy.gov/yourhome.htm
A US Department of Energy site regarding energy and your home.

www.energystar.gov
Energy Star, created by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy to help you save money and prevent air pollution. Includes list of qualifying products, contractor selection tips, and contacts for low interest loans for upgrading to high efficiency equipment.

http://www.greencommunitiesonline.org
Green Communities – Healthy, efficient homes for low income people.

http://www.greenroofs.com/
Green Roofs

www.eere.energy.gov
Top websites for consumers interested in energy efficient homes.

http://oikos.com
Resources include a library/bookstore, green building product database, and co-sponsorship of the Internet-based green building discussion list.

www.eere.energy.gov/windandhydro/
Wind Powering America

www.ecohome.org/pages/index.html
ECO HOME is an on-going living research center that demonstrates ecological living in an urban environment.

www.greenbuilder.com/sourcebook/
Sustainable Building Sourcebook for green and sustainable building.