Green Remodeling: Three Options You Should Know About

green remodelingEco-friendly home renovations are no longer just a fad. Not only are they better for the environment, they often make sense financially. For example, energy-saving appliances can lower your utility bills. Carrying a reusable water bottle can save you from buying plastic water bottles, and replacing dirty air conditioner filters can help your air conditioner run more efficiently—just to name a few.

When it comes to remodeling your home, there are also choices you can make that are more sustainable. If you’re thinking of undertaking a green remodeling project, put the following three options on your radar.

Green insulation

Spray polyurethane is a petroleum-based product that is considered a very efficient insulator. It’s commonly used in buildings to lower energy usage. There are, however, mounting concerns about this material. One authority on eco-friendly construction, the Passive House Institute, has stated that spray polyurethane is not suitable for green construction.

In fact, green builders are turning away from spray polyurethane and using more environmentally friendly options. Alternatives to spray polyurethane include cotton denim insulation (commonly made from industrial scraps) and cellulose insulation (made from recycled paper and various other green fibers). For some projects, mineral wool may be a good choice; it’s made with 90% recycled materials.

Green flooring

Putting in new carpet or flooring can release many volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air—including known carcinogens—that may stick around your home for years. Additionally, carpets are often treated with toxic materials to protect them from moisture, soil, and moths. Carpets are also known for trapping allergens, lawn chemicals, VOCs, and more.

Sustainable flooring can minimize indoor air pollution and reduce potential health problems from toxic carpeting. There are an increasing number of eco-friendly flooring and carpets on the market. Fortunately for homeowners, these products are stylish, long-lasting, and often cheaper than their regular counterparts. Consider a carpet made with natural fibers or with minimal or no chemical treatment, along with less toxic adhesives and padding. Installation and removal can also be done in a way that’s more eco-friendly.

Green wall coverings

These days there are many different types of sustainable wall coverings. They’re better for the environment, they look great, and they can help improve indoor air quality and acoustics. Options include thin sheets of cork shavings, grass cloths, wood veneers made from reclaimed wood, and wall coverings made of paper, glass, and sheet metals. If you want to go really green, take a look at “living walls” made with hydroponic plants that grow on customized structures attached to the wall. These living or green walls also help cleanse the air around them.

An increasing number of green options

Materials and technologies that make home renovations more eco-friendly are growing in number every day. They’re becoming more mainstream for their practical advantages, such as energy savings and lower maintenance costs, and also for their natural, contemporary appearance . Contacting a reputable home renovation specialist is a step forward if you’re serious about eco-friendly home renovations for your property.

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