Considering a home remodel in Greensboro? Do you want it to be environmentally-friendly and energy efficient? When digging through homebuilders’ and contractors’ websites and other marketing materials, you may see terms such as “Green Remodeling” or “Green Rebuilding.” But what exactly do these terms mean? Are there precise standards that a contractor must meet before calling a home remodeling project green?
In its simplest terms, building green preserves and protects the environment by choosing energy efficient options in construction and development. Green building incorporates materials, designs, systems, and appliances that minimize a home’s impact on the environment and conserve natural resources.
Green Building and Development Standards
The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) has also joined the effort to motivate homebuilders, contractors, and remodeling services in Greensboro to build green. They are working on a national green building standard, and they have certified hundreds of contractors in green building practices. Currently, green building standards are voluntary rather than mandatory. The NAHB recognizes this, and also understands that to encourage more green building efforts, the standards must be both affordable and cost effective for both remodelers and homeowners.
This means homeowners are a big part of the process of making a positive impact on the environment. There are several areas of a project that a homeowner has an opportunity to make green choices.
Common green features include:
- Use of natural heating and cooling principles
- Deconstruction rather than demolition if part of a structure needs replacement
- Recycling of applicable project waste
- Use of low emissivity windows
- Use of a high-efficiency heating/cooling system
- Use of lighting fixtures that utilize fluorescent or halogen bulbs, avoiding incandescent.
- Materials and products with low or no toxic emissions
- Sustainably harvested natural products
- Materials that come from local sources which reduce fuel use in shipment
- Use of water-saving appliances
- Designs that capture and store rainwater
The Benefits of a Green Home Remodeling in Greensboro and the Surrounding Areas
Aside from the benefit to the earth, green building should lower total ownership costs through utility savings and increased durability of your remodeled home. It also encourages environmental awareness while helping to conserve scarce resources for future generations. You save money, gain peace of mind, and preserve resources for the future. The first step is locating qualified green remodeling services in Greensboro.
Qualified Green Home Remodeling in Greensboro and the Surrounding Areas
In order for a project to qualify as green, a remodeler or builder must incorporate a minimum number of features in the following areas:
- Lot and site development
- Energy, water, and resource efficiency
- Indoor environmental quality
- Homeowner education
JLB Remodeling & Custom Homes, Inc., is proud to be a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Triad Green Building Council. We support the efforts from the NAHB to establish these standards to promote the labeling of jobs as green, provide owners with environmentally friendly products, improve resource efficiency, increase energy efficiency, water efficiency, and homeowner education about the operation and maintenance of their homes. We strive to use these standards in every remodel and renovation we undertake.
Ready to go green?
JLB Remodeling & Custom Homes, Inc., is qualified to provide green remodeling services in Greensboro and the surrounding areas. We are ready to help you make a positive impact on the environment, and lower your ownership costs as well. We serve Guilford County and all the surrounding counties. Please contact us by phone at (336) 681-2902 for a free estimate.