Green Building: 5 Tips for Getting It Right

At Chagrin River Company, we like to encourage our clients to consider making “green building” part of their custom home or remodeling project. We have the experience and expertise to guide you in using smart, environmentally-friendly materials and construction techniques. Once your home remodeling project is finished, you’ll also want it to continue being energy-efficient and healthier – and that’s why the long-term sustainability of your home should be part of the thinking, planning and design before building begins.

If building and maintaining a beautiful home that’s also friendly to your family, your budget and the environment is important to you, here are 5 ways we can help you go green.

1. Save energy and water

One of the most important features of a green home is its energy-efficiency, which saves money as well as resources. This means building in green solutions throughout the home, including energy-efficient windows, high R-value insulation, Energy Star appliances, tankless water heaters, and water-saving plumbing fixtures.

2. Reduce construction waste

Instead of throwing away materials torn out as part of demolition, we may be able to find ways to reuse or repurpose elements from your existing home, so they can play a role in the new plans. That’s less waste to the landfill. Another solution is to donate items like old cabinets, fixtures, and appliances to a charity such as Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore.

3. Conserve natural resources

Being very thoughtful about the types of materials used in your project can be good for the planet – and great for design! Engineered wood flooring and renewable-sourced flooring products, such as bamboo, are examples of green building materials. Quartz (which is engineered stone) and recycled glass are counter surfaces with a low environmental impact. If you’re building new or adding on, you also want to consider the design in relation to taking advantage of the natural warming from the sun and the cooling effect of trees that can be left standing.

4. Make your home healthy

You may want to avoid paints, carpets, wallboard and other home building materials that can emit VOCs (volatile organic compounds), formaldehyde, and other unhealthy gases into your indoor environment. Because an energy-efficient home is tightly sealed, good ventilation and humidity control are also critical. Heating and cooling systems, therefore, need to be considered as part of the sustainability solution.

5. Support local companies

Green building means looking for ways to work not just with local artisans and trades people, but with local suppliers of building materials, fixtures, appliances and more. This not only supports the local economy, it also reduces the carbon footprint of your project.

How can green building and sustainability be built into your remodeling plans? Give us a call and let’s take a look at building an environmentally-friendly future for your family.