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.