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There are three core goals to “green” remodeling. The first is to build in a way that is sustainable. Construction of a typical (non-green) house produces about 8,000 lbs. of solid waste, and roughly 40% of solid waste produced in U.S. each year consists of construction debris. On a planet with finite resources, we can ill-afford to continue this way. The second goal is to create a house that is more energy efficient. Our homes account for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions, a major cause of climate change. Reducing the demand for energy will result in less environmental pollution as well as lower maintenance and utility costs. The third goal is to ensure that the house is healthy to live in. Many popular construction materials release toxic fumes into the house and are unhealthy to breathe.

When you choose to remodel “green,” you are choosing to promote a style of living that will help ensure that future generations have the same opportunities that we do. You are also making a sound financial decision. The long-term financial savings of restoring and renovating sustainably can easily outweigh the initial costs. Finally, you are making a responsible decision when it comes to you and your family’s health.

Green Restorations demonstrates its commitment to sustainable remodeling in the following ways:

  • Salvaging and reusing building materials:

    Whenever possible, we find a way to reuse existing materials in the remodeling process, thereby keeping them out of landfills and reducing the amount of new material that must be harvested, manufactured, mined, etc. With a little creativity, many materials can be effectively repurposed and given another life.

  • Recycling:

    We recycle anything that can be recycled. Keeping jobsite waste to a minimum is one of our highest priorities.

  • Purchasing material that is locally-sourced:

    This reduces the amount of fossil fuels burned by transporting materials over great distances, and also helps to support the local economy.

  • Using natural, non-toxic products:

    Many products currently used in conventional construction are harmful to the environment as well as our health. By avoiding these products, we can have both a healthier planet and healthier homes.

  • Enhancing Home Efficiency:

    From adding insulation to installing energy-efficient appliances, we can reduce the energy required to operate your home while at the same time improving your comfort.

  • Building to Last:

    Nothing is “greener” than a quality job that will last for many years.

  • Restoring existing buildings, rather than building new ones:

    Even the most efficient, off-the-grid new house is nowhere near as environmentally responsible as restoring an existing structure.

What the EPA’s New RRP Rule Means For Your Project:

In 2010 the EPA passed a law to safeguard homeowners against potentially harmful lead exposure caused by remodeling. All home improvement contractors who perform work on houses built prior to 1978 are required to abide by the “Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule” (RRP Rule). Green Restorations, LLC, is an EPA certified Lead Renovation Firm legally permitted to perform work on pre-1978 dwellings. Although following the RRP Rule can add both time and cost to many projects, it is necessary to ensure safety for customer and contractor alike, as well as compliance with the law. Lead exposure can be a serious long-term health hazard and Green Restorations is committed to remodeling in a way that is safe and healthy. Unfortunately not all home improvement companies are certified and/or following this law and this is often reflected in a lower bid. We urge our customers to take this into consideration when choosing with whom to work.

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