Similar to LEED, the NAHB has its own set of green building guidelines where the builder can sign off on many construction requirements. As a member of the NAHB, Ryan Evanczyk (President of ACI) maintains a CGP (Certified Green Professional) accredidation. ACI is also a certified Residential Green Advantage contractor. During your consultation and site visit, we will be happy to discuss valuable information on ways to go green on any project, so you can remodel your home to save energy, improve air quality and minimize the effects on the environment. The amount of green remodeling that you integrate into your project is completely up to you, however, the energy saving and health aspects you will add to your home will provide benefits far beyond the scope of your project.
Consumers are starting to see the benefits to going green for numerous reasons. One of which is rising energy prices, where consumers can now see that sustainably built houses mean lower heating and cooling costs. Another major reason is our health. Considering the amount of time consumers spend inside, indoor air quality should not threaten peoples health. We believe in using low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and adhesives that don't off gas, particle board and cabinets that don't contain urea formaldehyde, as well as encouraging the use of products made from recycled materials.
In today's market and contrary to popular belief, Green Building is NOT more expensive than traditional methods. Again, Green Building is NOT more expensive than traditional methods. We do agree that some building components do cost more, however many cost less. The first plan of attack is to integrate green design and be proactive rather than come in late in the process and be reactive. It is far easier and less expensive to integrate features that significantly reduce operating and maintenance costs. The best example here is to utilize passive solar gain and super insulating a house virtually rendering a furnace or boiler unnecessary. The house can be oriented such that it can best take advantage of the suns energy. Lastly, green building does not have to sacrifice the look of your remodel or house. Any style or type of house can be retrofitted green and there is no template for a "Green House". The design of a green house is based on 3 principles: Energy Efficiency, Conservation of Natural Resources, and the best Indoor Air Quality. In our mind, if it's built right, it is already built green.
Bigger is NOT better
The paradigm has finally shifted and the idea of huge mountain homes exceeding 5,000 sq ft will hopefully be an obsolete fixture of the past. Unfortunately those structures have already been built and will need optimal retro work to become even slightly more efficient. But the time is right for this shift in thinking where proponents of sustainable building have changed thier approach to residential design. In 2007, 26% of the single family homes built exceeded 3,000 sq ft (U.S. Census Bureau). In some markets and we won't mention where specifically but a 10,000 sq ft house has been commonplace. There is no way that a 10,000 sq ft home that is lived in for only 2 weeks out of a year can be considered green. Too many materials and resources go into a house of that size and likewise continue to burn energy at an alarming rate just to exist. An extravagant house that is energy efficient and healthy is certainly better than one that wastes energy and has poor indoor air quality. However this reasoning does not justify the excesses of building a house for a large extended family when only two people will live there and especially for only a two weeks a year.
Energy Audit to Energy Retrofit
Call us at 970-389-9060 to schedule an Energy Audit for your home. We will spend valuable time inspecting your home, how it was built and its HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. We will set up a blower door test to measure your ACH (Air Changes Per Hour) and determine how leaky your home truly is. After the audit ACI will provide you with a comprehensive report and details on what measures to take to improve the energy efficiency of your home. The Energy Audit to Energy Retrofit program is designed to help home owners actually implement the suggestions provided from the Energy Audit. ACI will refund the cost of the Energy Audit should you choose us to do the implementation. The cost of an audit is $350.
A simple concept that not enough architects, engineers or builders are taking into consideration is to build wood framed houses with 2x6 construction, 24 on center. Another layer of insulation would allow for 1-2 of rigid foam to be applied to the exterior over the sheathing in order to reduce thermal bridging Not easily sold to clients, but allowed, are the use of these advanced framing techniques: Framing 24 on center, stack framing, window/door openings falling on layout, and using engineered lumber can all help reduce lumber used on a project and allow for a better thermal envelope.
Benefits of Going Green: