Green Home Building in Connecticut
What exactly is a Green Home?
This Green Group is focused on protecting your family from toxins that may build up in the home both during and after the construction. This includes the use of materials that have a minimum of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and designing your home to efficiently exchange stale and polluted indoor air with clean fresh air.
This Green Group is where you as the home owner will see the financial savings from going Green. A properly designed and built home can save 30% on its monthly utility bills. This is done through a combination of advanced design and construction materials and historically proven techniques. Our projects are designed to exceed traditional building code requirements and take advantage of the latest green technologies.
This Green Group focuses on the use of sustainable building materials and efficient construction techniques. There are many products on the market today that are both affordable and environmentally responsible. These include high quality materials made from recycled content and sustainable harvested woods. It is here that we also minimize future waste by using products and techniques designed to last well beyond the industry standards. This also saves you money by reducing the need for future maintenance.
Green Home FAQs
This is a list of answers to common questions regarding Green Construction
Isn't it expensive to build a Green Home?
Not necessarily. All of our projects are designed to at least break even by offsetting up front expenses with the monthly and annual savings of owning an extremely efficient and durable home.
Are there any incentives to going Green?
Many local and state governments, utility companies and other entities across the country offer rebates, tax breaks and other incentives for green homes and for remodeling with green technologies.
Is a Green Home right for me?
If you would like a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle for you and for your family, a Green Home is right for you. Green Homes have lower utility bills, use less water, are associated with fewer asthma attacks, and are at lower risk for mold and mildew. Green Homes are better for the environment, and they are affordable.
What are VOC's and what do they have to do with Indoor Air Quality?
VOC’s are Volatile Organic Compounds. VOC’s can be released by human or natural source, and can react with the atmosphere to form ground-level ozone, and to a lesser degree, acid rain. Some VOC’s, like the fumes from numerous interior products (glues, paints, cabinets, carpets, and pads, furniture, etc.) are toxic, and can cause a range of health problems from occasional headaches to allergic reactions, depending on the concentration and the sensitivity of the individual. Why buy locally produced building materials? Buying regional products reduces transportation costs and energy, and keeps dollars in the local economy. A major tenet of sustainability is making use of resources from the immediate region. Local hardwoods, for example, are preferable to tropical woods.
Why should I care about green building?
With most of us spending more than 90% of our time indoors, green building is the healthy, common sense choice for a better life. In traditional construction, the quality of our indoor environment is often far more polluted than outdoor one due to the building materials, inadequate lighting, and a variety of other variables. Green Buildings are sited, designed, constructed and operated to enhance the well-being of occupants, and to minimize negative impacts on the community and natural environment. Our buildings consume 40% of the world’s total energy, 25% of its wood harvest and 16% of its water. Compared to traditional construction, a green built home takes some of this pressure off the environment.
Carbon Footprint Calculator
Find out how we leave our mark