Green Building / Consultation

GREEN principle

There is so much buzz today when it comes to the concept of “green.”  During the building process this can be approached in three ways:

  1. Design considerations
  2. Products and materials used
  3. Construction methods

The common misconception is that building green is expensive.  Often, the additional cost to build green is insubstantial – the cost savings in utilities can quickly offsets the additional investment to go green.  Federal and state incentives can also reduce the cost of building.  Almost all of our clients have chosen to incorporate green aspects into their projects to reduce carbon footprint and be environmentally friendly to improve the overall health and financial benefits.  With our experience in the building industry coupled with our in-depth understanding of green principles, AJC Partners serves as a consultant in the “greening” of your project.

The benefits of going green include:

  1. Making your home healthier
  2. Providing lower maintenance solutions
  3. Reducing energy and maintenance costs
  4. Incorporating the use of sustainable materials

Overall your house will be a better place to live and “it’s the right thing to do!”

Additional Online Resources
Outlined below are several great websites to help you learn more about what it means to be green and how to incorporate energy efficient and environmentally-friendly products into your home.

Because It’s the Right Thing to Do

Energy Star is a joint program between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn ways to help save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet be third party verified in meeting strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Energy Star homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices.  Developed by the USGBC, LEED for Homes is a voluntary rating system  that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes.  LEED homes have lower energy and water bills, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and fewer problems with mold, mildew and other indoor toxins.  LEED certification is something that consumers can look for to readily identify homes that have been third-party inspected, performance-tested and certified as a green home that will perform better than a standard home.

Take the Do-It-Yourself Energy Efficiency Test
Home Energy Saver is the first web-based do-it-yourself energy audit tool. Find the best way to save energy in your home by leveraging the energy efficiency calculator.

Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy, this consumer’s guide to energy efficiency and renewable energy allows you to view both do-it-yourself and professional home energy audits, links to consumer publications on the topic as well as many additional, valuable resources.