Sustainability

Building a Better Future: At Case, we are constantly thinking about ways to enhance your lifestyle while also designing for a sustainable future. This includes recycling over 33 tons of metal and 29 tons of cardboard last year.

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.

Tax credits are offered locally and federally and vary based on location, income, etc.  Rewiring America offers a tool to help at  https://www.rewiringamerica.org/app/ira-calculator