Whether you want to do your part for the environment, or you just plain want to save money, or both; by working with us to solve your building envelope needs, you are taking a huge step to “Go Green”. There are many ways of going green, and focusing on your building envelope is the most likely place to get the biggest bang for your buck, and the best value for your dollar. Weatherizing your building envelope is an investment that pays back again and again. When properly done, it is a quantitative* way to reduce fuel consumption, save money, improve air quality, and “Go Green”.
*Through energy audits, you can find out not only what steps are needed, but how much it will cost up front to complete the steps, and how much you can save over time.
One of the best sources we have found for unbiased information is the US Department of Energy, and you can access some great educational information at http://www.energysavers.gov/, and more specifically regarding the home at http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/. There is great information on the following and more:
Although there may be more up front costs, building green can save more through lower operating costs over the life of the building. But even with a tight budget, you can always find ways to “Go Green”.
The best way to do this is with an integrated approach that understands and treats all parts of “The Entire Building as a System” rather than a collection of stand-alone parts.
Some of the benefits cannot be quantified, such as improvements in occupant health, comfort, and productivity, and reduction of pollution.Elements of Building Green: