If you are environmentally conscious, you are concerned about the impact your choices and daily activities have on the world around you. Aligning your values with your home remodeling is important to you. Finding an Asheville green contractor is simply more than hiring someone who promises to be environmentally friendly. There are several important factors you must consider when choosing a green contractor for your remodel or repairs.
First, ask to examine the types of materials that your chosen contractor will use in your home. It is not enough to simply buy a few appliances that promise to be green; it is more important to ensure that everything used by your green builder is designed to have as minimized an impact on the environment as possible. Some examples of green supplies include remanufactured or recycled wood, energy efficient appliances, remanufactured or recycled parts, and material that is designed to not cause harm should it breakdown.
Second, ask to examine the methods or best practices in the remodel process. Specifically, you'll want to watch for wasteful or harmful behavior by either the builder or his/her hired crew. Do they minimize the amount of energy used when working on your home? How are excess products handled? If a hazardous substance cannot be avoided, how is it approached or disposed of? Ask your Asheville green contractor to walk you through his construction process step by step to determine if he is truly observing green principles or is simple taking one or two steps that are valuable for appearance sake only.
Finally, look into whether or not your home remodel is accordance with Green Built Practices. Green Built North Carolina, formerly NC HealthyBuilt Homes, is a voluntary, statewide green building program administered by the Western North Carolina Green Building Council. The WNC Green Building Council (WNCGBC) is pleased to offer the Green Built NC Program to builders throughout the region.
Green Built NC is targeted at small to medium sized home builders who may not have the resources to compete with larger builders in the rapidly emerging field of green building. This program offers a certificate for meeting green building guidelines, technical and marketing assistance, design reviews, workshops, and field consultation services that enable builders to increase their green building expertise, gain market share of home buyers interested in high-performance building techniques, and boost companies profitability. Green Built NC is proud to be recognized as a RESNET Energy Smart Builder Program.
You've already taken the important first step in working to protect the environment around you and minimize your impact. By carefully considering variables including building supplies and practices as well as the following of Green Built standards, you'll be able to successfully find the right Asheville green contractor to help you remodel your home.