Green Building
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Green Building is a method of design and construction that promotes and supports the well being and health of your household, the community, and the environment. Green Building methods and products can reduce utility costs, cut down maintenance costs, and typically require fewer replacements.

We work hard to conserve the Earth's natural resources whenever possible. To do this, we make decisions in every job to maximize efficient building materials.

Green Building materials have now become more widely available at more reasonable costs. To calculate how you can reduce your household's carbon emissions, we encourage you to go here.


Examples of Green Building materials and applications:

  • Bamboo is a popular sustainable growth product used in place of traditional oak flooring. Other options to consider are Forest Stewardship Council certified wood floors, durable cork, natural linoleum, and natural wool carpeting.
  • Concrete floor slabs can be stained to mimic the appearance of tile and can be heated with radiant technology.
  • Reclaimed Douglas Fir flooring also provides a beautiful look. Reclaimed woods used in cabinetry, exposed beams, and other wood finishes adds character and saves trees. When aesthetics are not an issue, structural wood composition products can be used.
  • Double paned windows cut heating costs and can be installed in existing window frames to save money.
  • Countertops and tile can be made from recycled materials such as glass, ceramic, metal, or even wood and bamboo. The beautiful material not only creates welcoming accents and highlights in your home, it is also easy to maintain and durable.
  • Low or No VOC (volatile organic compound) paints that do not give off toxic gases are available.
  • High R-value insulation for the ceilings and walls of our remodels and new homes helps minimize heat loss.
  • Insulation made from recycled formaldehyde-free cotton denim can be used in lieu of fiberglass.
  • Water efficient upgrades and accessories for your bathroom, kitchen, garden and whole house filtration systems are now widely available, such as water efficient dishwashers, washing machines, toilets, shut off valves for shower heads, and rain water catchment systems.
  • Energy efficient options such as hot water pipes and hot water heaters, programmable thermostats, kits to insulate your vents, switchboxes, outlets, windows and doors, motion-activated light switches maximize energy. Energy-efficient LED lighting offer extremely long lifespan and use less energy than even compact fluorescent light.