Finding a green builder involves more than simply hiring a contractor who promises to be environmentally friendly. Being green involves more than simply having a heightened awareness of one’s own impact on the environment. There are several important factors you must consider when choosing a green builder for your next project.
First, examine the types of materials that your chosen contractor will use in constructing or reconstructing your home. Not only should you examine the final products that you will use on an every day basis – appliances and the life – but also the materials that will go into actually constructing your project.
Second, review the methods your chosen contractor will use when constructing or reconstructing your home, watching for wasteful or harmful behavior by either the builder or his hired crew. At Block Construction, we walk you through our process step by step to demonstrate how we observe green principles rather than simply paying them lip service.
Finally, determine if your project is being constructed in accordance with LEED certification principles. LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - is overseen by the United States Green Building Council. Block Construction has LEED Accredited professionals on its team constantly striving to improve the building process and its impact on surrounding communities.
Block Construction is also a member of the United States Green Building Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation. The USGBC is the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.
One of the main advantages to LEED over other certifications is that it begins in the design phase. Before plans are drawn up the owners, architects, builder and key sub contractors like HVAC, plumbing and electrical, meet to discuss the design and ways to make the home more efficient and livable.
The synergy created in this type of process, with a builder like Block, produces a home that is very livable, healthy, sustainable, and has less impact on the environment.