Is your Contractor Green?

Eco-Friendly Faucet

Eco-Friendly Faucet

In addition to being great for the planet, green construction practices can also be wonderful for your wallet. Plus, it isn’t nearly as hard to have a green construction site as you may think. Following are some simple guidelines to ensure that your contractor stays green throughout your home remodel or repair. 

 

 

 

 

 

Monitor energy levels at the job site: Negotiate, or at least discuss, energy-saving procedures with your contractor up front. His/her crew should be sure to turn off all lights during lunch breaks and at the end of each construction day. You’ll be amazed at how much electricity can be saved just by reinforcing this policy.

 

Ask about green practices associations: Ask your contractor if he/she is affiliated with any trade groups that offer green building practice education. The National Association of Home Builders, for example, holds a National Green Building Conference and offers courses on green building for construction professionals.

 

Handle waste appropriately: Improper waste disposal not only threatens the environment but can also cause health problems for you and your family. Mold, asbestos and lead paint all require proper containment and disposal procedures. If your contractor is not licensed to provide hazardous waste abatement, it is in your best interest to bid that project out separately to a specialist. In my case, I was actually able to save money by collecting several bids from licensed abatement companies and gain the assurance that I would not be harming my health or the environment.

 

Insist on energy-efficient lighting: When installing new lighting, many building codes have been recently upgraded to require energy-efficient light fixtures and bulbs for particular rooms. Naturally, this is a good idea for energy-conservation reasons. Plus, as a practical matter, not following this practice will also create problems for you when inspection time arrives.

 

Use local, natural materials whenever possible: Challenge your contractor to get creative! As seen here, tree faucets and showers are not only beautiful, but also a smart way to use natural materials that you may already have in your own back yard. A contractor who procures chemical-free supplies from local vendors will also contribute greatly to your eco-friendly efforts.

 

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