If you’re an eco-conscious home owner planning a remodel, trying to figure out just what you can do to reduce the carbon footprint of your job is important. Renovation is in and of itself a process that generates a lot of waste, so making sure that the home contractors you hire can help you make your project as green as possible is important.
Here are three easy tips for an eco-friendly remodeling project:
Dispose Responsibly: Especially if you’re taking down and putting up walls or structures, a renovation project can produce a lot of waste. In fact, construction and demolition make up about a third of all residential and commercial waste – meaning that recycling what you can is extremely important. B&R Construction makes sure that waste and debris generated during any renovation or demolition project is sent to certified recycling centers for reuse and recycling.
Make Use of Solar Power: There’s no counting just how much energy the sun produces, and how many ways you can harness it. We’re not talking about photo-voltaic panels here, we’re talking about designing your new or remodeled rooms to make the best use of natural light and heat. Los Angeles gets nearly 300 sunny days a year – in the winter, wide windows can mean lower heating costs, and the extensive natural light your rooms will receive means you can wait much longer to turn on your lights.
Be Aware of Your Fixtures: Fixtures like cabinets are often made using chemicals like formaldehyde and VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. These chemicals often are vented as gasses, which greatly lower air quality in your home – especially in often occupied or high-traffic areas like your kitchen and bathroom. B&R partners with Bradco Kitchen and Bath to produce and install chemical-free and FSC certified cabinets for your remodeling needs.
Whatever you plan to do with your renovation project, ensuring that both your home and the Earth end up better for it is important. B&R has helped Los Angeles homeowners bring out the best in their homes for over 20 years, and we’re proud to say we’ve been doing so responsibly and sustainably. For more information on how to ensure your next renovation project is as sustainable as possible, contact us today.