Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Green" Home Construction

Centurion Homes of Utah is an environmentally conscientious General Contractor.  From mitigating waste and offering cost-effective efficiency/weatherization solutions, to offering a broad range of eco-friendly materials and high efficiency systems, we are always researching greener ways to build.  Especially, as many of our clients are also becoming more aware of the availability of green construction procedures as well as some of the pretty great rebate and tax credit incentives that are available.  Not only do we install many different energy efficient home heating/cooling systems but we also offer a wide array of window, door, and insulation packages to make your home its absolute most comfortable.  We are experienced and can aid you in finding the right products for your home.  We have used reclaimed and salvaged products that look beautiful and are long lasting.  Centurion Homes works hard to operate each job-site in a resourceful and responsible manner.  If you are interested in integrating earth friendly materials into your next construction project, give Centurion Homes a call.  We would be happy to accommodate your every request and you may be surprised to find just how affordable making your home more efficient can be with all the rebates and tax credits available.

An interesting article regarding green construction from the California Energy Commission notes the following:

Can I build with salvaged materials?

Products such as doors, cabinets, glass, and metal can be salvaged and reused. You can cut your costs significantly by using salvaged materials, and their quality is high.

Are my construction materials available from local sources?

Where possible, try to use local materials. That way you avoid excess transportation and environmental costs.

Am I using materials from renewable sources?

Renewable materials include wood, wool, plant fibers, and other resources that can be replaced within a few decades or less. Sustainable wood products are becoming more readily available.

Have I considered the long-term costs of my materials? Will my maintenance costs be high?

Even though a building product may initially cost more, it may be the least expensive alternative in the long run. Some materials, for example, need to be replaced regularly over time, while others are long lasting and maintenance-free. Paint that is twice as expensive but lasts four times as long may be a better buy in the long run. Make sure that you consider the life-cycle costs of your materials.