Design, build, and remodel homes using renewable
resources and products that are energy efficient
and save money such as engineered lumber (OSB,
microllams, paralams, LSL's, TGI's). These
structural components (the framing of the
home) are stronger and virtually perfectly
“plumb and square” - reducing
the need for labor and material intensive
shimming and adjusting when dry walling, tiling,
etc). These building products are a renewable
resource (saving our forests - which generate
oxygen by converting harmful carbon dioxide
and preserves wildlife and ecosystem habitants).
These products allow us to make much longer
and wider sections of wood vs. cutting down
old growth trees (old, very large trees) as
these products are "assembled" and
"manufactured" from small wood pieces.
These products also take advantage of more
of the tree and there is significantly less
waste (saving more trees and landfill space).
What could be better? A stronger framing material
that decreases the overall cost to build and
remodel the home and helps to reduce global
warming! Now that’s building green!
Install lighting and Heating, Ventilation, &
Air Conditioning (HVAC) components that provide
comfort, pleases and saves both money and energy.
Saving energy reduces the need to generate more
electricity which uses more petroleum.The use
of more petroleum releases millions of tons
of pollutants into our air that is harmful to
our health, destroys the ozone layer and participates
in increasing global warming.
Install energy efficient windows that allow
refreshing sunlight in while keeping the heat
and cold out. Energy efficient windows save
money all year long.
Tankless hot water heaters can save up to 70%
when compared to tank type hot water heaters.
Placing these on a recirculation system can
also save a significant amount of water.
Formaldehyde free insulation that does not off-gas
harmful chemicals into our homes and destroys
the ozone layer (increasing global warming).
Drywall and tile underlayments that use recycled
Paints and finishes that are low or free of
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) that produce
harmful off-gasses into our homes and destroys
the ozone layer (increasing global warming).
Cabinets and finish woodwork that use a combination
of melamine and natural hardwoods - saving the
hardwood forests. Hardwood trees like oak, maple,
cherry, mahogany, etc. take many, many decades
(50 to 100 years) to grow to a size that makes
them feasible to harvest and use to make cabinets,
crown and base board moldings, doors, furniture,
grade baseboards, crown, and door casings using
finger join wood and Medium-Density Fiberboard
(MDF). Finger joint uses sections of "waste
wood" that are joined together to make
a very strong and usable section of material.
MDF is essentially sawdust and glue that can
be made to almost any length and molded into
virtually any shape. Now saw dust does not go
the dump and be buried . . . it's made into
beautiful base boards, crown molding, wainscot,
chair rails, etc!
Wood that is removed from your home when remodeling
can sometimes be re-used in the new construction.
Wood that is removed or becomes scrap during
a remodel is recycled back into mulch. When
used around plants and shrubs, this mulch saves
water by helping to keep the soil moist. This
reduces the need for frequent watering.
Copper wiring for electricity is a combination
of new copper and recycled copper. Recycled
copper comes from previously remodeled kitchens,
bathrooms, etc. In similar fashion, copper water
pipes and water heaters that are removed to
remodel homes are also recycled back into both
new copper wire and new copper water pipe. This
reduces the need to mine more copper and reduces
the energy to make the copper. Here too, reducing
pollutants that are released into the atmosphere
that damage our health, water supplies and increase
Carpet using recycled fibers and fabrics and
vegetable based dyes - reducing Chlorofluorocarbons
(CFC) and polluted water being sent back into
our rivers and oceans. Recycled carpet is not
only being used to manufacture new carpet but
for engine fan shrouds, air cleaners, plastic
lumber, carpet cushion and resilient flooring.
As you can see, remodeling and building green is not weird, expensive, or a passing fad. On the
contrary . . . It saves you money and the environment. The International Code Council (ICC), the organization
primarily responsible for maintaining and enhancing the building codes, is scheduled to issue the
first set of green building codes in 2007. This means that all remodeling and building will be
required to conform to green remodeling and building standards.
Green remodeling and building is something we all must
do. The world’s natural resources can no longer support the removal, extraction, and manufacturing
required to support its growing population. In similar fashion, science has learned that materials
previously thought to be safe in our homes and work places such as lead, asbestos, ventilation
systems, paints, varnishes, VOC’s, and mold were causing serious long term health issues and
destroying our environment to include global warming.
All of us at THE REMODELING DEPOT truly care about you and
your family. That’s why we are committed to remodeling and building using products that
are friendlier to both you and the environment. This saves you money and helps to provide a world
for our children that will be safe, healthful, enjoyable, and beautiful.