Green?

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“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous” – Aristotle

What?
As defined by Wikipedia “green building is the practice of increasing the efficiency of buildings and their use of energy, water, and materials, and reducing building impacts on human health and the environment, through better sitting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal – the complete building life cycle.”
For most builders this equates to restoring harmony, balance, and health to our living environments. We at Greentech add in the importance of performance (GT performance) to the green equation. In so doing we embrace the appropriate technology, and its benefits.

Why?
According to the EPA, buildings account for more than 67% of total electricity consumption in the US. Homes can be tremendous consumers of resources and generators of waste. Their construction likewise adds to the waste and pollution and depletion of resources, open space and habitat. Shelter protects us from harsh environment elements. Green building/design protects the environment from harsh human elements. For most people their home is their largest single investment. Green building is a resourceful and economical approach for making the most out of that investment. It’s about common sense and every cent. Its good design and smart construction.

When?
Now more than ever is the time to take action and enjoy the greener side of life.

Where?
Everywhere and in every aspect. Even though it’s a global issue, every one of us in our piece of paradise can make a difference.

“Each one of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity.” – Marie Curie

How?
Heat with the sun. Cool with the wind, the earth, or water, light with the sky and the sun. Every site has its own unique resources, so use them wisely.

Green practices:

Sitting – harmony and balance with nature
Efficient design – southern exposure for solar, open floor plan
Optimize instead of maximize – resources, energy, square footage
Minimize waste – use indigenous materials, manufacturing
Recycle – initial material use and at building end (full cycle)
Low impact construction – quick turn around, less damages
Sustainability – quality and life of building

“When we build, let us think that we build forever.” – John Ruski

Green products:

Affiliations:

Green or Sustainability

Community:

NAHB
BBB

Industry:

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