Sustainable, or “green”, remodeling strives to minimize a home’s impact on the environment and conserve natural resources through intentional material and design choices. In addition to reducing your environmental impact, sustainable remodeling choices can make your home more efficient, improve the quality of its indoor air, and lower your energy bills.
Prioritizing Organic, Domestic, and Sustainable Materials
Careful consideration should be applied to material choices in sustainable remodeling, with a focus on organic (natural, non-toxic), domestic (local, hyperlocal) and sustainable (repurposed, easily recycled) materials, like wood, cork, steel, and bamboo. Internationally sourced building materials are often more affordable, but their air, sea, and ground transport creates harmful carbon emissions which contribute to global warming. Locally sourced building materials carry a smaller carbon footprint and also supporting local economies.
Reclaim, Repurpose, Reuse
From refinishing kitchen cabinets to incorporating recycled stone into your project, reclaiming, repurposing, and reusing materials will improve the efficiency of your renovation by reducing your project’s waste and helping your budget. Finding new life for any existing product eliminates the manufacturing and transportation emissions from producing something new, creates less landfill destined waste, and reduces your renovation’s carbon footprint.
There is a bit of a thrill in “demo day” but it is important to intentionally deconstruct your project space rather than totally demolish it. By taking time to decide what can be repurposed or refurbished, you can give many materials a second chance rather than throwing them out as waste. You can then either use these salvaged items into your renovation or sell/donate them to a local material resource center.
By choosing eco-friendly designs and making sustainable remodeling decisions, Green Basements and Remodeling proves that green living can be incorporated into any remodeling project. As a general contractor and all-inclusive remodeling company, Green Basements and Remodeling can provide you with an in-home consultation and your own personal designer assigned specifically to your job. We have expanded to offer our clients even more at our new 15,000 square ft showroom at 575 Commerce Park Dr SE, Marietta, GA 30060. When you choose Green Basements and Remodeling, you are partnering with a company that is knowledgeable about industry trends and product technology advancements and continually focused on successful outcomes for every client and project. Request an estimate or call us at 678-445-5533 to get started on your project today.