Frequently Asked Questions
1. What does green mean?
"Green" is a loosely defined term in today's market that refers to products and practices that do not exhaust the planet's resources. While the term green is publicized as a trend, we believe that green is not just a trend or a color that you have to pay more for.
We believe green is a responsible way of living and building that includes evaluating the environmental impact of individual decisions.
2. What is green construction?
Green Construction encompasses all the elements that go into implementing designs which makes efficient use of resources, reduces environmental impact, and contributes to occupants health. This is achieved by using sound construction practices which reduce waste, employ energy efficient technologies, and reduce the environmental impact on the job site.
Some of the practices that Go Green Construction utilizes include installing LED lights, dual flush toilets, low-VOC paints and adhesives, keeping work areas clean, and making sure that what we install is durable.
3. Does building green cost more?
Even when upfront costs are greater than those of conventional construction, savings in utilities and maintenance will, in a short period of time, save more than cheaper, standard construction products. Green homes also have higher resale values.
The majority of green construction projects can have comparable costs to conventional construction, depending on what you want to achieve. By calling us today and setting up a consultation, we can easily show you the cost differences.
4. What does LEED mean?
LEED is defined as, "a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings."
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. There are four certification categories, from lowest to highest, Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. More information about our LEED Platinum case-study is available here.
5. Why should I choose Go Green Construction?
At Go Green Construction we guarantee our work to please you, our client. We oversee all work to make sure every detail is finished to perfection. We have long-standing relationships with our subcontractors whose performance we can rely on. Everyone on our team is knowledgeable about green building practices and we are here to help you realize and create your green dreams, and at a competitive price.
6. How do you choose green materials?
Evaluating the "green-ness" of materials is something Go Green Construction spends a significant amount of time and energy researching because we believe it's of utmost importance.
Due to the fact that there is such a wide range of products and manufacturing processes, there is not one set standard, and instead there are many shades of green.
For example, bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource, but not all bamboo is the same: there are varying degrees of quality, places of origin, and a wide range of finish options. If a bamboo is made with toxic finishes, is it serving you on your quest to go green? Look for a type of bamboo that is made with water-based adhesives that carries a low or non-VOC content. If you are buying products directly from a manufacturer or distributor, request a Material Safety and Data Sheet (MSDS). To ensure our clients' safety and satisfaction, we request these sheets from all vendors.
7. You guys sound great. Will you build a home for me in Florida?
We can't build for you in Florida, but we can still help you Go Green!
We offer green consulting services to help you prioritize and incorporate your green goals into your home design and map realistic actions within your budget and timeframe. By working with Go Green Construction at the initial stages of your project, you can increase energy efficiency, save materials, and improve the health of your home. Contact us about our consulting services.
8. How can I stay in contact with your company?
We have created various media outlets for our clients, friends, and the occasional web-surfer to follow and find us. Add us as a friend on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!
9. What if I have more questions?
Just click here and we will be happy to answer any questions.
Among these might be questions about materials such as bamboo flooring, tankless water heaters, non-toxic adhesives, or goals such as improving indoor air quality.
We are here to help the earth and to help you save money, time, and energy.