We're often asked these days about Green Renovations. The fact is that the act of preserving and restoring old houses and barns is very green, by definition. Preservationists like to say that the greenest building is the one that isn't torn down. Instead of tossing these old buildings into landfills, as is (sadly) often the case these days, we are granting a new life to them. Did you know that the energy required to produce just 8 bricks and transport them to a jobsite is the equivelent to a gallon of gas? Old buildings have a LOT of latent energy.
In recent years we've been incorporating more and more green practices into our projects. Several of our historic renovations have included Geothermal heating and cooling systems. We've also used solar panels to produce electricity on some of our old houses. On many of our projects we've used reclaimed wood for flooring and used salvaged materials such as old plumbing fixtures. Some materials, such as many of the imitation slate roofing tiles, contain a lot of recycled content. We're now using eco-friendly materials whenever we can. These include some of the hardwoods used for exterior decking, healthy plywoods for cabinets boxes, and other low-impact materials such as bamboo and cork flooring.
And of course, we've been at the cutting edge in terms of insulating and weatherization techniques in old houses.
Learn more about some of our green renovation techniques: Geothermal Heating and Cooling
Insulation that works