The greenest building is one that is already built, but sometimes that building needs a makeover. Homeowners have many opportunities during the life cycle of a remodeling project to make decisions that result in less waste while increasing their budget.
Make Intentions Clear
Consumers have become smarter about green construction practices and products, and contractors are taking notice.
If you’re hiring a contractor to help you with anything from a kitchen remodel to building a new home, discuss with them options for reducing waste and conserving resources.
Purchase Green Products
The American National Standards Institute approved the National Green Building Standard which make it easier for builders to get their green remodeling projects rated. Green approved products are growing constantly making green building practice methods easier for contractors.
Measure Twice, Cut Once
Always manage your construction materials for effective green remodeling practices. Inefficiently planning can result in up to 20 percent wasted materials. Prior to purchasing material always double check measurements.
Demolition creates a large amount of un-reusable waste. Deconstruction instead of demolition reduces the amount of waste generated during home remodeling.
Reusing salvaged building materials offer environmental benefits and can also be tax deductible. Reduce waste and money by reusing materials.
Certain Items Don’t Belong in the Trash
Do not put hazardous chemical based items in the trash! For example latex paint that has completely dried can be placed in the trash with the lid off. Take leftover paint, stain or varnish to a city approved waste drop off location.