Being Green Means:
The best-recognized official way of going green is to become a LEED-certified contractor. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project and/or contractor meets the highest green building and performance measures. You can find out more through visiting http://www.usgbc.org.
Pursuing smaller steps to provide and promote services and products that make homes more efficient for the homeowner, including:
- Offering Home Energy Audits to identify energy loss from poor insulation and/or inefficient windows and caulking
- Recommending and installing eco-friendly materials such as sustainable bamboo flooring, carpeting with post-consumer recycled content.
- Recommending and installing eco-friendly products such as blown-in insulation, programmable thermostats, Energy-Star rated appliances.
- Install solar energy generation products, such as solar panels for whole home service, water heaters, etc., is a growing opportunity to pursue green building.
In addition to all of these ways of using your building business to help consumer green their lifestyles, simply BEING green in day to day work - walking the talk - is another aspect of greening your business. Making sure your office is efficient at using energy and resources, recycling to reduce waste, using digital options instead of paper for invoicing, etc. - all of these contribute to your ability to position your business as green, and these aspects set a tone of green commitment on your behalf, and a noticeable example for employees and for customers, reinforcing the goals in which you are interested. They also provide more authority in conjunction with your green building efforts, including LEED Certification.