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Green Remodeling for Business

A commercial architect can help your business to not only remodel, but do it in a way that is more eco-friendly.

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Your Business and Green Remodeling

Green remodeling is more than a possibility, it is almost required. Remodeling often accounts for hundred of millions of tonnes of waste every year, most of which ends up in landfills all over the planet. As for business, there are several reasons to consider doing green remodeling projects. Let’s start with financial.

Did you know that as a business, you may be entitled to a tax rebate for voluntarily adapting green building procedures? It’s true. Reducing the carbon footprint of your business may entitle you tax benefits, but that’s not all. Remodeling your business to be more in line with EPA policies will also help to protect not only you and your employees, but your bottom line as well. Something as simple as installing the right type of glass windows or going solar can save you up to 30% on your annual taxes. However, it isn’t just taxes that green remodeling can help

Green Remodeling and Energy Consumption

Energy costs are on the rise. Businesses are looking for solutions just as homeowners are. Energy costs account for about 15-20% of the expenses of a business. Air conditioning, heating, and ventilation are big energy hogs. According to this article excerpt from WIKIPEDIA.ORG: “Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to a structure and using process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. This requires close cooperation of the design team, the architects, the engineers, and the client at all project stages.[1] The Green Building practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.[2]
Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:
Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation.” [READ MORE]

So you can make a difference, while at the same time, keeping your business profitable. What you need to do first, however, is consult a commercial architect.

Read one of our other articles on green remodeling here.

On the subject of commercial architecture…

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Custom Home Remodeling and You Part 3

Part three of our series on custom home remodeling explores using environmentally friendly materials for your project.

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Green Remodeling and your Kitchen

One of the worst offenders in any custom home remodeling project is your kitchen. Installing new stone countertops involves stone being quarried, and adds to your carbon footprint as the stone has to be shipped, often thousands of miles away from where it came from. In addition, some stone is sealed with chemicals that are not environmentally friendly. Instead of putting in travertine or granite counter tops in your kitchen, one thing to substitute is terrazzo.

Terrazzo is a green remodeling idea that a lot of people don’t know about it. It is made with recycled glass cast in concrete. It is durable, has millions of color options, recycled glass form the material, generally from bottles and windshields. Terrazzo is not just durable, it is tough enough that you can put a hot pot on top of it without risk of damaging the counter top.

Using Green Building Materials to Remodel your Home

According to the EPA.GOV website: ”

Building construction uses large quantities of natural resources; in fact, construction activities use 60 percent of the raw materials, other than food and fuel, used in the entire U.S. economy. And the nearly 170 million tons of annual building construction, renovation, and demolition derived wastes (commonly referred to as C&D materials) account for nearly 60% of the nation’s non-industrial, non-hazardous solid waste generation.

Salvaging building materials and reusing them saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by minimizing the need to extract and process raw materials and ship new material long distances; it also reduces the economic and environmental impact from waste disposal (for example, greenhouse gases generated from waste decomposition, the need to build new landfills or the emission of air pollutants from waste incineration). Also, some salvaged building materials are rare and sought-after, such as marble mantles, antique fixtures, old growth hardwoods, wide-plank lumber and knot-free, fine-grain wood.

You can reduce the environmental footprint of your home by incorporating salvaged materials into the construction or renovation of your home. Nationally, hundreds of building material reuse stores sell high-quality salvaged building materials for construction and renovation projects, including lumber, flooring, cabinetry, bricks, doors, windows, fixtures, and iron work.” [READ MORE]

Making a difference is easier than you think.  Just make the right decisions in the products and materials that you choose.  And get the advice of someone who can help: a residential architect.

For more information on this subject, be sure to read part one and part two as well.

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Gilbert, AZ 85295
480-710-3861
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Custom Home Remodeling and You Part 2

Part two of our series on custom home remodeling explores some more eco-friendly design tips.

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Green Remodeling Tips Include More Effective Ways to Use Electricity | 480-710-3861

Green Remodeling: Reclaiming Your Floors

Let’s say your floor has seen better days.  One green remodeling tip that will not only save you some money as well as more than a few trees is to use reclaimed wood.  Be sure that it is free of adhesives and preservatives such as formaldehyde, but it is both sustainable and if properly refinished can be as beautiful if not more so than original hardwood floors.  But what if you have concrete floor?

One thing that a lot of people don’t know about is how to transform a concrete floor with things such as acid stain or sealing.  You’re using your existing floor, you’re just adding a bit of color to it.  Changing your floor is one of the many ways that you can not only add to your home, but do it in an affordable way.  One of the most powerful ways that you can also change a room is by the use of light and color.

Color:  Light and Shade Tricks from Your Residential Architect

In our last article, we covered the use of a window or skylight to highlight a particular room.  However, did you know that you can use solar design to help your home stay warm in the winter?  Passive solar uses the sun’s own warmth to help keep your home toasty in the winter, without paying higher utility bills to do so.  In Arizona this is not as much of a problem as we have mild winters, however, an architect can help you keep your home cool by the installation of better insulation, better windows, and other tricks that help to keep your home cool without paying the high summer rates that electrical companies will charge you.

Our next article will cover the use of green materials to remodel your home with, and some of them may surprise you.  What is imperative however, is that you get a professional to help you with your remodeling project.  You not only want to stay green as possible, you want to stay within the confines of the law.  The best person to consult for any home remodeling is a professional such as a designer or better yet, a residential architect.

For more information on green remodeling tips, be sure to read part one and part three as well.

 

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470 E. Canyon Creek Court , 
Gilbert, AZ 85295
480-710-3861
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