When Renovating Think Green
April 3, 2007
Energy-efficient windows, solar hot water systems, improved insulation and draft proofing will help you save energy, money and the environment. In the past, the environment and climate change was not always top of mind with most builders and homeowners when planning their renovations. Today, Canadians are exploring the concept of sustainability; healthier homes and choosing green building materials that are non-polluting and come from renewable resources.
While energy conservation is a driving factor as energy prices soar other environmental factors are gaining importance. Homeowners are looking at better lighting, water conservation, upgraded insulation and improved ventilation to get rid of moisture and improve indoor air quality. A few years ago it was difficult for homeowners or builders to find competitive priced building material with low to no VOC content, but now these products are everywhere. Companies like Cloverdale Paint
offer low VOC paint for the same price as other paint.
This "green" trend has even made an impact in the way companies are marketing their products. From countertops and cabinets to windows and lighting the popularity of environmentally friendly products will continue to rise in the next few years. For example, renewable cork and bamboo flooring is replacing traditional hardwood floors. While granite and Corian counters are still popular people are also using concrete, soapstone and stainless steel.
Materials that emulate natural materials for less cost and maintenance are popular: siding made of phenolic resin panels that look like wood; ceramic tiles that look like stone; fibreglass laminate shingles that are replacing traditional cedar shake roofs. MoistureShield
manufactures composite products for decks and railings that are made with reclaimed wood materials that would otherwise go into landfills offering an alternative to woods like redwood and cedar.
In the coming months we look forward to featuring Companies that are in the business of providing products and services in all aspects of the Greening of the Building Industry.