Green Building Construction

Green construction takes a holistic approach – one in which you look at the whole project, whether a new construction or a remodel, as a whole. It’s a lot more than shopping for appliances that are energy efficient, the truth of which is often difficult to verify.

Renovations, in and of themselves, are green projects. Here, you are reusing rather than building new. In fact, it has been determined that renovating older buildings represents a significant method of reducing both energy usage as well as CO2 emissions.

Besides choosing to renovate, it is lifestyle changes that can help you to be the most green, saving money and reducing energy usage. This includes such things as taking shorter showers, turning lights and appliances off when not being used, unplugging computers, etc.

Other lifestyle changes can be taken into account when constructing. One such change that one can make is to make do with less space. If you can combine the functions of a particular room, for example, and therefore get by with less square footage, you can reduce consumption.

It’s also important to take into consideration where you live and the part that this can play in terms of green construction. Tips for being green that apply in other parts of the country may not be applicable in Denver.

A good example of this is the decision of whether or not to switch to a tankless water heater, something that has become a popular subject of discussion. If you are switching from an electric tank water heater, there can be a good amount of savings. However, in the Denver area, most water heaters use natural gas. Therefore, the amount that you will save by switching to a tankless water heater will not be cost-effective when looked at it over the life of the heater.

Green construction is a particular passion of Epiphany Developments and, if this is something that interests you, we will be happy to go over how this can be taken into consideration during your new construction or remodel. We not only bring our relevant experience in this particular region of the country, we are also continually looking for opportunities to learn more about green building techniques and sustainability practices.

One thing that is important to bear in mind is that green construction may cost more and you may not see that cost offset by significant savings. Epiphany can go over with you each of these choices and how they will affect your budget so that you can make the decision of whether or not you want to go green.