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June 22
Going green with major home renovations

​If you’re planning any major home renovations, we know you have a lot on your mind. You can’t wait to give your home that stylish update, incorporating the latest trends to realize your beautiful, modern design.

To go along with your enthusiasm, we encourage you to explore some sustainable options in your design process. Green design not only gives you peace of mind knowing that you have helped preserve our earth, but it also ensures quicker build times, guaranteed reduced energy costs and a more comfortable, safe environment for you and your family.

We recently came across a great article on remodeling sustainably and wanted to share a few of their tips.  Remember that any way you decide to incorporate sustainable design is going to be beneficial.
 
 Choose a design that considers natural light and air movement.
Placing windows purposefully will increase natural lighting and allow for natural cooling and ventilation while facilitating passive solar heating for the cooler months. The more natural lighting you have, the less artificial you will need – and, of course, the better your view.
 
• Install window awnings and trees outside east and west windows.
Adding greenery in these areas will create natural shade to eliminate heat in the summer months. They will also add a great natural aesthetic to your home.
 
• Thoroughly insulate your home.
Increase your home’s energy efficiency by using advanced framing techniques and ensuring proper attic insulation. Using recycled-content fiberglass, rock, or wool is environmentally friendly and eliminates formaldehyde emissions.
 
 Use low- or no-VOC paints, sealants and wood treatments.
Keeping these common indoor contaminants to a minimum will create a healthier indoor environment.
 
• Install quality green flooring materials.
Energy efficient and low maintenance flooring products will ensure a more comfortable home. Our floor covering division has consciously reduced our global footprint, while offering high quality products that are sustainable and environmentally friendly – all without sacrificing great design.
 
• Recycle construction and jobsite waste.
Recycled construction materials can be used for future green projects. Rather than allowing it to sit in a landfill, do your part to encourage the reuse of materials.
 
To learn more about green remodeling, we suggest you check out some great advice from David Johnston, author of Green from the Ground Up and Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time. And while you’re at it, why not explore our Facebook and Pinterest pages for some inspiring ideas for your designs. We know you won’t be disappointed. 

 

 

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