“Green” is short for “green living”.
“Green living” is any action or activity that:
- results in a positive impact, to any degree, on the environment
- preserves and improves the health of this planet and everything living on it
- ensures that the planet can continue to support future generations
Instead of tossing old bricks from a demolished building into the land fill, they can be salvaged and re-used.
Many beautiful new structures have been created from building materials that have been recycled.
It is now the law that any structure built before 1968 must be tested for lead paint. If lead paint is present, it must be removed according to very strict procedures.
This would include not only energy-saving appliances but things like double-paned windows, proper insulation, thermal paint, etc. that significantly reduce the energy used by air-conditioners or heating systems in cooling or heating the building.
Solar panels and tankless hot water heaters are building elements that also drastically reduce the carbon footprint of a home. They also reduce your electricity bill - something everyone can be happy about!
Paint, carpeting, insulation, flooring and other materials can release toxic particles into the air for years after being brought into a home.
In many cases, the air inside the home is more toxic than the air outside as a result of toxic fumes created by carpeting and paint.
An example of this is insulation created from recycled denim as seen in the photo at the right.
Other such materials are non-toxic paint and natural fiber
carpeting which do not emit toxic fumes after they are have been used in a remodeling project.
materials that were sustainable - materials that have been harvested in such a way so as not to deplete or permanently damage that resource.
Using cork or bamboo hardwood flooring materials instead of oak is an example of this.
Both these materials can be grown rapidly and in abundance to meet present needs without any fear of depriving future generations of these resources.
“Green construction” is truly a team effort.
Working together, you can improve the quality of life for yourself, your family, Mankind and every living thing that calls this planet “home”.
Rocha Construction can help you build a home addition, remodel your kitchen or bathrooms or work with you on any home improvement project.
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