People often talk about building green but what is green remodeling? Green remodeling is a thinking approach to remodeling with the goal of making the home, its envelope and its mechanical systems work more efficiently with the goal of sustainability.
To live sustainably, the Earth’s resources must be used at a rate at which they can be replenished.
A house that works efficient means creating a comfortable, aesthetically pleasing home that has some, most or all of the following:
- Conserves energy by lowering heating and cooling costs
- Promotes a healthier environment
- Uses non-polluting products and reduces the use of fossil fuels
- Incorporating energy efficient fixtures and appliances
- Using building products that reduce maintenance and replacement
- Reduces material waste, and uses of products that are better for the environment (and for people).
If you’re looking to remodel green, take a peek at some ideas I’ve listed in no particular order:
- Plant trees
- Exterior caulk your home windows, door and trim
- Use low or No – VOC paints
- Replace windows with energy efficient models or triple pane glass
- Add additional or better insulation
- Take measures to stop air leaks
- Install storm doors
- Use recycled products
- Install a programmable thermostat with setbacks
- Update lighting to energy efficient models, motion detectors and light bulbs
- Install Energy Star water and energy efficient appliances.
- Install a tank less water heater
- Replace carpets with Eco-friendly carpets, bamboo or cork flooring
- Use reclaimed or recycled products such as; wood for counter tops or flooring, doors, radiators, etc.
- Consider recycled wall board and insulation
- Reuse roof water run off for irrigation.
- Plant drought resistant grass and plants
- Install solar panels
- Planting shade trees in strategic locations to help cool the house.
- Use more natural lighting
- Use recycled plastic decking
- Install water efficient faucets
- Build additions with 2×6 lumber to increase insulation
~ concord carpenter