What Does it Mean to Renovate Green?

It seems everyone wants to be green these days, and most folks associate green building with constructing NEW structures and pursuing various levels of LEED certification, all of which are quite costly. Truth is, some of the greenest buildings aren't new at all ... they're older buildings which have been adapted for reuse, and it's one of the easiest and most efficient ways to go green. Simply start with conserving what's already there! 

Probably the most important reason to renovate green is to provide a healthier building for its occupants. Sick Building Syndrome has been around for decades, but if a building is renovated with a healthy ventilation system, and the contractor uses non-toxic materials, the building occupants will be more healthy, comfortable, and productive.

Energy efficiency is another obvious reason for going green, and choosing sources like solar, wind and geothermal are critical when choosing the green path. Also, using a good quality, insulating-type window will allow the sunlight to reduce your lighting needs while providing solar warmth in cooler weather. 

Regardless of how you choose to go green, you'll enjoy tax benefits, as well as an increased resale value of your building, so your efforts benefit not only our planet, but also your wallet.