Business and Home Improvements Should Consider Environment Impact

Physical improvements to a home or business are exciting, but take much money, planning, time and effort. You should consider the impact that improvements will have on the environment before starting the project. Consideration must be given to the processes and materials used as to minimize your ecological footprint. Not sure what to do or where to start? Consult with professionals knowledgeable in LEED certification. The US Green Building Council came up with the ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’ (LEED) phrase. Measurable and practical green building solutions are identified with the LEED designation. The LEED certification program is managed by the Green Building Certification Institute, a branch of the U.S. Green Building Council. If you want your project to be environmentally-friendly, consult with professionals in the know. When comparing providers, ask them if they are knowledgeable in LEED alternatives and practices. You can locate many local professionals by searching the Internet (i.e. ‘basement finishing‘). If you are getting a new sign for your business, you can ask companies about options for soft-scape or solar lighting. Homeowners could ask remodeling firms about their thoughts on improving environmental quality and energy efficiency. Don’t forget to inquire about how making environmentally friendly choices will affect project cost. You can go the U.S. Green Building Council website (www.usgbc.org) for additional LEED information.

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