Green building is the practice of producing structures
whose entire lifecycle is friendly to the Earth and its
All it takes from here is to think about the entire project with this simple
definition in mind. Then, decide just how green you want to be.
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE! . . .
The buzz words of the recycling movement are a great place to start. With
good job-site organization and supervision we manage to keep materials
orders tight, preventing excess materials from ever getting to the landfill. You
benefit twice; once from not having to buy more materials and once from not
paying to haul it off. Excess useable materials get returned or go to the
recycling center. Landfills across the country are bursting at the seams and
one of the biggest culprits is construction waste! Many builders make a lot of
noise about being green, but how many of them walk the walk? Check your
intended builder's job-sites and dumpsters.
Size Matters or Quality v. Quantity . . .
By building only the space you need you take the single most important step
toward being green. There are no 100% green building products. They all take
some toll in the manufacture, mining, or harvesting process and delivery to
your jobsite. So, design well to keep the size of you project under control.
Build well to make a project that lasts a lifetime.
Stay Healthy. . .
Avoid products that create unhealthy indoor living environments; many
common building products off-gas harmful chemicals for years following
installation. Poorly designed ventilation systems allow those chemicals to
stay indoors, potentially causing respiratory and other health problems.
Energy Efficiency. . .
Building code is not very strict when it comes to energy efficiency. Typically,
builders have installed batt insulation and 80% efficient heating systems. This
saves money up front (usually for your builder) but costs you every day in poor
comfort, wasted energy and the increased pollution that goes with it. We have
substantially exceeded the code standard for insulation in every house we
have built. We also use high efficiency heating systems, windows and doors
to create a high level of comfort and lower heating and cooling bills for your
Leave it natural . . .
Working under our close supervision excavators grub the footprint of the house
and only the additional area to be landscaped. This saves in excavation and
hauling charges and saves again when it comes time to landscape. You
landscape a smaller area while keeping the maintenance - free natural
vegetation in place.
Beware of Greenwashing! Every time you turn around these days you hear
someone talking about being green, buying green, manufacturing green, or just
plain living green. Builders all over the country are suddenly billing themselves
as "Green Builders" and talking about green lumber products, green apliances,
green paint. . . . Caution: Recent surveys have shown that the majority of
products labeled Green have been "Greenwashed"; marketing has obscured
the true lifecycle impact of the product.