Green home remodeling projects may take many forms, from those that upgrade one specific facet of the home to those that remake and update a large portion of the house. From building materials to appliances, just about every aspect of home remodeling can be accomplished in a way that is healthier for the planet.
Also, many home remodeling projects can actually offer some savings to the average homeowner in the long run. An article on green home remodeling from Scientific American explains:
"There has never been a better time to renovate green, given the abundance of Earth-friendly building material choices as well as contractors well-versed in energy- and resource-efficiency. Many homeowners don't realize that they can save money in the long run, despite the up front costs, by choosing materials and strategies that will lower utility bills and reduce maintenance and replacement costs moving forward."
Discussing green building and remodeling options before the project begins may open up a variety of options for the average homeowner in money-saving updates that are also great for the planet.
Small Projects that Offer Environmentally Friendly Solutions
One of the most straightforward projects any homeowner can consider is painting with zero-VOC paints. According to The Spruce, VOCs are . . .
". . . found in many building materials and are partially responsible for that new paint smell. Unfortunately, these unstable chemicals let off gasses that are very harmful to people and the environment, which is why the government now regulates them."
If you're a homeowner with designs on small and simple updates like new paint on the walls, zero-VOC painting may be one of the simplest ways to reduce the chemicals present in a modest home remodeling project.
However, The Spruce explains further that zero-VOC paints may sometimes contain other chemicals with the potential to harm. Hence, it's essential to examine the other components of the can of paint, even if "zero-VOC" or "healthy" is printed on the label.
Speak with a Contractor with Green Building Experience
Home remodeling contractors and others involved in contracting work and building will often have different specialties and experience as far as green renovations are concerned. The experts at This Old House recommend speaking with a learned contractor about eco-friendly remodeling.
"It's important to approach green projects armed with as much knowledge about systems and materials as possible. If your pros are seasoned green builders, you'll be able to articulate your goals and stay engaged in discussions with them. And if they're neophytes, you'll be in a better position to educate them."
In addition to being aware of all the green building options available for a given project, an experienced home remodeler will also know of incentives and rebates connected to green building projects.
For example, some locales offer tax incentives for installing certain types of eco-friendly appliances and mechanical systems. Other places provide reductions in the price of energy when a homeowner installs solar panels. A modest level of research may result in some huge savings down the road when your green home remodeling project is complete.
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We're a full-service home remodeling company that can help you with every facet of your green remodeling project, from design and planning to execution and completion. Let us bring our expertise in design and remodeling to help you create a dramatic and beautiful exterior for your home.
Call us at 1-317-542-3853 for more information on our services, as well as to discuss your home remodeling project and how we can help. Plus, if you're ready to get started on a renovation project, you'll want to download our guide: Seven Questions to Ask When Choosing a Remodeler in the Indianapolis Area.