James Hardie has added another award to their long list of accolades and it’s worth getting excited about. In a recent Green Builder survey, pros voted for their favorite green building materials and James Hardie’s eco-friendly exterior siding options came out on top!
Thinking of ways to make green home building products and methods work for you? From reducing your energy use, to improving your indoor air quality, to reducing your dependence on natural resources, there are lots of steps you can take to save money and resources. Here, we’ve compiled seven sustainability-minded questions to ask your green builders before your project starts:
ARE THE PRODUCTS DURABLE?
WHAT ARE THE MATERIALS MADE OF?
ARE THE MATERIALS LOCAL?
When you can, it’s ideal to use products and materials made locally since they travel fewer miles to get to you, which means a reduction in air pollution and fuel consumption. Like many green-minded companies, James Hardie made a point to set up its eight manufacturing facilities to better serve local markets. As a result, this reduces environmental impact and helps boost the regional economy. Seek out companies with this sort of mindset.
IS IT WELL DESIGNED?
DO THE MATERIALS EMIT VOCS?
CAN YOU SAVE MORE MONEY IN THE LONG-TERM?
When you’re budgeting for your green home renovations, figure in the monthly savings you’ll accrue if you go green (think: lower electric bill). Opting for eco-friendly does typically cost you more upfront, but it often means bigger savings in the long term with a longer-lasting, high quality and resource-efficient product. For additional savings, ask about tax credits and rebates you can tack on when building green.
WHAT IS DONE WITH THE MATERIALS POST HOME PROJECT?
Check in with your contractor to make sure materials like scrap metals, paint, treated wood and chemicals will be disposed of properly and with the environment in mind. Ask how the company disposes of its waste and if it has a recycling initiative. You can also check in to see if any unused materials can be donated to local charities such as Habitat for Humanity.