Going Green?

Did you know…?
“A remodeling project can generate 70 to 115 pounds of waste per square foot, and 85% to 90% of that is recyclable.”
– David Johnston and Kim Master, LEED AP, authors of “Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time”
The Remodelers Journal, April 2008.

“Burning a 100-watt bulb for 10 hours is 1 kilowatt hour. For every 1 kwh saved, you save 1.9 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.”
– Dr. Ian Rowbottom, energy expert for Lutron Lighting, making a case for more energy efficient lighting options.
Interested in a “Green” Remodel?
For starters, what does “Green” mean to you? For some, a green remodel or construction means achieving Platinum LEED Certification – a major and thorough accomplishment. For others, it means using materials and products that are
environmentally responsible, or simply having an energy efficient home. And yet other homeowners in the spectrum are content meeting their own code of green environmental responsibility.

Whatever your green goals, Teton Craftsman can help you achieve them. Below are some questions to consider when determining your vision for environmentally sensitive remodeling:

Is the remodel occurring in a currently efficient home or space?

Are there things that can be done to improve the efficiency of the remaining structure? (We often find for example, that in remodeled spaces needing new insulation, the remaining attic or floor diaphrams could also benefit from additional insulation.)

Are green products a desirable look and choice for your vision of the remodel?

Does a green product mean that it’s recycled to you, or just a natural material that is more plentiful or more rapidly eproduced?

Are you concerned about off-gasing from chemicals found in many lumbers, plywoods, carpets, glues, and paints? Would you like to minimize or eliminate these VOC-containing products in your home?

What do you envision being done with removed or demolished materials in your remodel? Can old cabinets be placed in your garage for additional benefit, or can old light fixtures and doors be donated? (Teton County, Wyoming also is able to use discarded wood for mulch and ultimately heating power.)

Do you desire a formally recognized accreditation such as LEED, Energy Star, or other green certifications?

Additional thoughts or questions? Contact info@tetoncraftsman.com
Please see our TIPS and LINKS page for Green Building resource websites.