Going green is great and many homeowners want to make their home as environmentally friendly as possible. When working with a kitchen or bathroom there are many ways to go green. You can go with a lot of DIY projects like diy tower garden. Yet it is important to understand there are different shades of green.
What’s Really “Green”
- Green building is about systems and integration. Its valuable to think in terms of the longevity of the project. If there is not a biologically friendly – meaning it completely biodegrades and decomposes without affecting the natural environment – version of the materials then it should be non-toxic and non-harmful synthetic that lasts a long time. This is a lot to ask from a product, and a lot to expect a homeowner to learn. It really comes down to how committed you are to the environment.
- Green home constructions typically have a higher upfront cost associated with it when compared to standard products but you often save money in the long run because your quality will be better, and you end up with a more energy efficient home. If your looking to make a quick buck, then green technology will not be the way to go.
What makes a renovation green?
- Just because something is “natural” does not make it good. We can also say that it is not just as easy as house plant identification by leaf shape. Asbestos is natural and so is mold. Be on the lookout for third party certifications – EcoLogo, Green Seal, and Green Label are great because you know the product has been tested and has passed.
- There are many reasons a product can be called green:
- It is made of recycled material
- It is made from environmentally safe and health-safe materials
- It lasts an exceptionally long time and will not need to be replaced
- It is made with a rapidly renewable source that can be harvested
- It lacks toxic chemicals
- Manufacturing does not create toxins for the environment
- It is a product that can use renewable energy
- The costs of transportation are low (made locally, lightweight, and can be built on location)
- One of the easiest ways to green a renovation is by choosing the right lumbar. FSC-certified wood is not that hard to find. Forestry practices are monitored by the forest Stewardship Council (FSC). There are many choices and whatever you choose good contractors plan carefully and pay attention to dimensions, so they only order as much as is needed to minimize waste.
- DMV Kitchen & Bath offers premium quality green renovation in the DC, MD, and VA area. Our company has been offering kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling at competitive prices for over 15 year. Learn more about our busines in Chantilly, VA.
- Many products are recycled and recyclable. That is a great selling feature but maybe its not such a great product in the end. It could only be partly recycled and not last exceptionally long. Does the product use post industrial materials in its manufacturing? Its greener if the recycled material is post -consumer waste since consumer waste is more likely to end up in a landfill. Always read the fine print and check out the facts before accepting the “recycled” label.
- Green design includes many things. For example:
- Greater energy efficiency (programmable thermostats, increased insulation, a better constructed building, energy efficient windows, etc.)
- Improved indoor air quality (hardwood or tile instead of carpet, high efficiency furnace)
- Water conservation (recycling rainwater for landscaping or low flow showers and toilets)
Making the best choice for you
- The Remodeling Pros at DMV Kitchen & Bath Chantilly, VA knows that every remodel is unique and everyone has their own choices when it comes to going green. So, when planning a green renovation talk with your contractor and do your homework so you can make informed decisions about the quality and cost of materials. Here is a list of green priorities that will help get you started on your environmentally friendly remodel:
- Products made of recycled material
- Environmentally safe
- Products that last an exceptionally long time
- Products made with rapidly renewable resource that can be harvested frequently
- Low – VOC products
- Products that do not create toxins during manufacturing
- Products that save energy and water
- Going green means figuring out where and when you are willing to choose the greenest options. There are many ways shades of green so talk with the professionals about greening up your next renovation and see how much of a difference it can mean for you.