GREEN DESIGN Remodeling
A Design/Build Company Specializing in Innovative Design and Quality Craftsmanship
Designing with Green in Mind
GREEN DESIGN Remodeling | Welcome to our Green Page! As Dan McLeister on HGTVpro.com says… “Green remodeling is simple. The idea is to change the world, one room at a time.” But where do you start? And where do you draw the line? When it comes to green remodeling, keep in mind that you don’t have to do everything, but everything that you do helps. While there is some cost difference, many manufacturers are competing to meet the demands of the green building trend, bringing consumer costs down. We are a green certified remodelers and are actively taking classes to continue our education on the new and constantly changing processes and products offered within Green Design.
Currently, there are certain tax credits offered for energy efficient remodeling. You can receive a per-item credit for 30% of the cost, with a lifetime ceiling of $1,500.
– What Qualifies? Installation costs are covered for some improvements, including installation of HVAC (heating, ventilation and cooling) systems, solar water heaters, solar panels, geothermal heat pumps, wind-energy systems and fuel cells. For windows, doors, insulation and new roofs, only the cost of materials is eligible for the credit.
-Not covered. A number of simple steps homeowners can take to improve energy efficiency are not eligible for the tax credit. However, you may be able to find mail in rebates for such items here. This includes energy star refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, room air conditioners, insulated siding, ceiling fans, programmable thermostats, electric storage-tank water heaters and electric tank less water heaters.
So, What Makes a Home “Green”?
- Energy Efficiency – Use Energy Star rated appliances and systems for your kitchen and home. Also, consider replacing your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent. Use LED lights for under cabinet lighting, recessed lighting, and pendant lights. These measures will not only minimize your environmental impact, but also minimize your electrical and power bills.
- Water Efficiency – Energy Star and WaterSense labeled products for your kitchen and bathrooms, such as dishwashers, washing machines, and toilets, will greatly reduce your water consumption. Also consider low-flow faucets and dual flush toilets.
- Resource Efficiency – Take advantage of natural light through plenty of Low-E windows throughout your home. These keep heat in during the winter and heat out during the summer. Use materials made with recycled content like carpet, quartz surface, and tile. Install finishes made from rapidly renewable resources like bamboo and linoleum.
- Indoor Air Quality – Did you know that you are exposed to more harmful pollutants indoors than outside? Poor circulation and high levels of VOCs found in paints, cleaners, furniture, cabinetry, etc. lead to poor indoor air quality. Incorporate appropriate HVAC systems. Circulate fresh air through your house. Use low-VOC paints and low or no-formaldehyde cabinetry.