The list below encompasses areas we are passionate about, as well as options for you to consider.
What We’re Doing
- Sorting recycling from waste materials at our warehouse – we recycle over 20 tons of metal and cardboard annually.
- Donating cabinets, appliances, hardware, and plumbing fixtures to Community Forklift and to Habitat for Humanity Restore.
- Building additions to meet or to exceed the latest energy codes – using continuous exterior insulation where required, upgraded attic and floor insulation, insulated and conditioned crawlspaces, energy-efficient windows and doors.
- Using light colors for new flat roof membranes to reflect sunlight, rather than absorbing it as heat.
- Installing ‘dry wells’ to control storm water run-off on site, rather than adding to the municipal stormwater system.
- Using low VOC paint and sealants on interior work including the option to use waterborne sealants when refinishing wood flooring.
- Using 75-85% high-efficiency light fixtures such as LEDs for new recessed and decorative lights.
- Deploying high efficiency particulate air vacuums (Advance Euroclean GD 930 HEPA vacuums) and HEPA air scrubbers.
- Carefully following and documenting all EPA mandated lead safe work practices, including having EPA lead-safe certified team members
Decisions You Can Make
- Replacing additional windows and doors in your home to achieve higher efficiency.
- Choosing water saving toilets, faucets, and shower heads.
- Exploring tankless hot water heaters.
- Selecting high efficiency HVAC equipment to heat and cool your new space.
- Considering a home energy audit to evaluate your existing conditions and options to improve them.
- Planning for future electric needs such as solar, EV charging stations, converting gas ranges and fireplaces to electric, etc.
- Choosing materials and fixtures that save energy in use or in manufacturing:
- Composite decking material made with recycled materials rather than pressure-treated wood that will deteriorate more quickly.
- Countertops, flooring, and other finishes manufactured with green or recycled materials such as glass or bamboo.
- Siding and exterior trim materials that are more durable and that may contain recycled materials such as fly ash.
- Reusing cabinets in a basement or garage.
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