Key Points for Green Remodeling

By Robert Robillard on Energy Saving


Green Building

Tackling any remodel is difficult, making it Eco-friendly is even more difficult.

Green remodeling or sustainable building combines water conservation, energy conservation and renewable energy technologies to create a proactive, passive (not passive solar) home.

Key points for green building also follow a building design to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:

  • Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
  • Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
  • Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation

Green remodeling refers to a structure and using process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.

In order to do this properly every one involved in the design and building process needs to be on board.

Green Remodeler

A green remodeler is a contractor who considers sustainability; who maximizes nature’s resources in efficient and responsible manners.

Green Architects

Green architects tend to us passive building designs.  Passive designs start with a careful design, using quality windows and copious amount of insulation, these houses need almost no heat at all.

Green Remodeling:

It is easy to pick and choose elements that fit into green building.  Here are a few to consider:
  • Non-toxic paints and sealants
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Energy efficient appliances
  • Natural flooring
  • Local building materials
  • Natural fiber rugs and fabrics
  • Recycled material roof shingles and tiles
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Insulated hot water pipes
  • Tank less water heaters
  • Quality insulation
  • Native plants for landscaping

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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor

Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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