Green Building

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In the United States, buildings account for 3/4 of electricity usage and over 1/3 of greenhouse gas emissions, material usage, and waste. More than ever before, there is a need to make lifestyle changes to counteract this negative trend.  However, in a world where everything is ‘going green’ it isn’t always clear what that really means, especially in regards to your home. 

Sustainable, or green building, is the practice of constructing homes and buildings that are designed to minimize the negative impact on the environment throughout the entire life cycle.  A green home focuses on the efficient use of resources and materials, the health and comfort of the owner, and the reduction of waste and harm to the environment. While it is not possible to completely avoid affecting the environment, we at Hentzen Contractors work hard to reduce that impact.

 

 

Energy Efficiency

  • Radiation sheathing
  • Point of use/Tankless water heaters
  • Alternative energy sources—photovoltaic, wind, passive solar design
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Water Efficiency

  • Appliances--Dishwashers and Washing Machines with the Energy* Star label
  • Water Collection Systems
  • Use of native plants to reduce the need for irrigation
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Material Efficiency

  • Use of recycled materials such as carpet, metal or glass tiles
  • Reclaimed wood and wood from sustainably harvested forests
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Indoor Air Quality

  • Construction materials and finishes with zero or low VOC (volatile organic compounds)
  • Adequate ventilation and proper filtration using HEPA filters
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Waste Reduction

  • Construction waste reduction
  • Dirt and debris run-off from new homes
  • Pre-fabricated homes
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