There are many opportunities to make good environmental choices for your renovation. From fixtures to appliances, insulation, windows and heating equipment, many of today’s products and systems deliver better performance with less environmental impact than even a decade ago. Good choices can result in a healthier and more comfortable living space, lower monthly operating costs and increased value. Here are our top three recommendations for keeping your reno as green as possible.
1. Saving energy and water is the most important consideration; the decisions you make today will have a big impact on the environment, and your wallet, for many years to come. One of the best steps you can take before planning your renovation is to get a 'Home Energy Assessment.' Your energy assessment will identify how your home uses energy, where it is being wasted, and how to improve the comfort of your home, and cut heating and cooling costs by carefully planning your renovation.
2. Deal with your indoor living environment to improve the quality of the air you breathe, and protect your family’s health from molds, chemicals and other pollutants. A poor indoor environment also affects the house itself: moisture can cause premature deterioration and reduce the lifespan of the home or its components. At Don Koppin General Contractor, we are always researching the wide variety of materials, products and building techniques that can contribute to keeping indoor air cleaner and healthier.
3. Choose resource-smart products for your renovation; new items are making it into the marketplace all the time.
- Materials made from recycled waste.
- Products made from easily renewable or well-managed sources
- Natural materials
- Locally produced products
- Durable products that will last longer