When most people hear the term “green remodeling” they usually think of energy-saving features, better windows, more efficient heating and air conditioning and energy star appliances. This is an important part to make your home remodeling project green, but there are many other ways to make your project environmentally conscious-whether you prefer a sleek and contemporary look or a more traditional style.
Recycled glass can make beautiful countertops, tiles, and even flooring for a bathroom or kitchen remodeling project. Depending on the style of your home that you can use doors, ceiling fans, lighting or other elements that you find at a flea market or reuse of parts of the “before” in your home. Many homeowners like the look of reclaimed weathered wood from old barns and farms – such as flooring, walls, or beams.
If you can’t use recycled materials, sustainable material that is a good way to go. Bamboo grows quickly and harvesting which does not require the cutting of forests of trees. Bamboo is popular for flooring and can also be used for cabinets in your kitchen remodeling project. Cork and Eucalyptus are other sustainable materials that are good for the floor. If you prefer the traditional wood-look, some companies only use wood from sustainable managed forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
indoor air Quality
the market is filled with colors, carpets and other materials with low VOC (volatile organic compounds). Recently, more attention has been devoted to the effects of such compounds on people who live and work in buildings of traditional construction. For example, Vocs can trigger asthma, which is one of the biggest causes of absenteeism in the school. Studies have shown that students in “green” schools have less absenteeism days. They also tend to be better on standardized tests, partly because of the natural light is healthier, causes less eye strain, and helps them to stay more alert.
Joaquin Erazo, Jr. is the senior vice president for marketing and public relations at Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. Find a home remodeling company near you or read our home remodeling tips blog.