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How To Make Your Home Remodels Sustainable

Sustainable design with wood, recycled materials, and large windows.

If you’re looking for ways to live in a more eco-friendly manner, you have to start at home. Since April is Earth Month, we wanted to share some sustainable materials you might want to consider using in your next home remodel.

Earth Month became a global event in 1990 and seems to be gaining traction every year. Let’s look at some reasons sustainability is important and what you can do to ensure your home renovations are as green as possible.

Why Is a Sustainable Home Important?

Aside from the environmental benefits, choosing sustainable materials and systems can help you reduce energy usage and costs, but did you know they can also make your home more comfortable?

They can! With the right systems, you can have improved indoor air quality, better air circulation, and better temperature control. So, how can you make your home more sustainable? Here are a few ways:

Replace Your Windows

Replacing old windows with low-e windows is a great first step in creating a more sustainable home. Close to 30 percent of the energy used for heating and cooling is lost through inefficient windows.

Low-E windows have a coating that keeps UV rays out of your home, allowing the inside temperature to remain consistent and reducing the energy you need to keep your home comfortable.

Choose The Right Materials

Your choice of materials used in your renovation should be about more than just appearance. Choosing natural and renewable resources will make your home look more modern while also being more eco-friendly. These are some of the materials we recommend using:

Stone – since it’s a natural resource, stone won’t release any chemicals or toxins into your home. It’s also durable and low maintenance!

Bamboo – Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants, making it a sustainable option for flooring.

Recycled glass – Anything that’s recycled or restored is a plus in our book. Recycled glass can be used to create a one-of-a-kind kitchen backsplash.

Reclaimed wood – One of the most popular sustainable building materials, reclaimed wood makes great countertops, mantels, or even a larger project like a deck.

Your Exterior Choices Matter

Did you know that the color you paint your home impacts your inside comfort levels? It’s true! Having a dark exterior attracts more heat than a light color. Keep that in mind when it comes time to paint your home.

While you’re thinking about your home’s exterior, plant a tree! They can provide shade for your home, which will keep it cooler in the summer. Plus, there can never be too many trees! If you’re interested in creating a more sustainable home, give us a call. We are certified and accredited green builders/remodelers by the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

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