“Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction.”U.S. Green Building Council
Green building is a critical part of the construction industry that essentially expands on global environmental responsibility. Building green homes is a relatively new concept in residential construction. Initially it can be a more expensive alternative to a regular home but down the road there are countless valuable benefits. There are many aspects of green building design that will, without a doubt, save homeowners money as well contribute to a variety of environmental goals. Green building can be as ambitious as an entire house plan, or implemented through bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling or any number of home remodeling projects.
Whether your plans are for new home construction, home remodeling or an addition to your existing house, there are numerous advantages and benefits of building green. Green building plans will save you money in the long run, create a healthier environment for you and your family and save our planet from unnecessary deterioration. A green building design can easily include a kitchen remodeling project. This could include aspects such as increasing energy efficiency through appliances and new, more efficient lighting plans. Bathroom remodeling, other large home remodeling ideas, and general green home improvements consequently improve your environmental footprint creating a safe, sustainable and toxic-free home environment. Green home improvements are on the forefront of an increasingly aware global society.
There are many educational resources available online offering insight into what Green Building, Sustainable Design, and Green Architecture mean to you and your environment. We believe that there is no better resource than that of U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
All content listed below is directly from the EPA website. For more information please visit the EPA website directly at www.epa.gov/greenbuilding/index.htm
Definition of Green Building:
Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Green building is also known as a sustainable or high performance building. Green buildings are designed 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
There are a multitude of environmentally friendly products and materials available for green-conscious home builders. Recycled content, reused or reclaimed materials, and materials fabricated from completely renewable sources. In turn, homeowners can rest assured their home environment creates minimal negative impact on the environment, emits significantly reduced chemicals and other off-gases and saves immensely on water, electricity and energy usage. This reduces consumption drastically, far below the average new home construction projects.
There are several integral elements to an environmentally sound building design that Divisions Unlimited green building Massachusetts contractors base their green building principles on. A simple break down of these home improvements includes energy, site planning and water usage, the green building process, materials and resources and indoor environmental conditions including limited emissions and appropriate heating, cooling and venting. These earth-friendly elements combine to create an incredibly safe and efficient home environment.
Additional benefits to choosing a green building Massachusetts contractor include added protection to local ecosystems, greater water and air quality, conservation and restoration of natural resources and a reduction in operating expenses. With an environmentally friendly building design also comes the respect of your local community. A green building design benefits everyone from the homeowner to the community to the local environment and beyond.
For more information about Divisions Unlimited Inc. – Home Remodeling, please contact us at 617.365.4311 or email us at Info@DivisionsUnlimited.com