The City of Pleasanton is focused on maintaining the quality of life of its residents and preserving the natural resources of the area. To this end they encourage the adoption of green building practices, such as being mindful about using limited resources, building and remodeling with energy efficiency in mind, and choosing healthy materials and construction methods.
To do our part, Morgenroth Development has been Build It Green certified for several years. Build it Green is a California based non-profit dedicated to promoting “healthy, energy- and resource-efficient building practices in California through outreach and education.” Through this certification, we can help you in your efforts to be environmentally responsible in the creation and maintenance of a comfortable living space.
As with all good things, however, there are trade-offs. In pursuing your next project, it’s important to remember the following three rules of green building projects:
1: It’s Good for the Environment
Using renewable resources, such as lumber obtained through sustainable forestry practices, and decreasing energy costs, through the use of locally manufactured materials, help us be good stewards of the planet.
2: It’s Better for Human Health
Avoiding the use of carcinogens or cancer causing materials, such as certain types of sealers and finishes, decreases the amount of harmful fumes inside your home. This is especially important as houses are less drafty nowadays and have less chance to air out after construction.
3: It’s More Expensive
The main downside to green building is that it increases the overall cost of your building project, even though it often promises to be more cost-effective in the long run. Using the latest technology is always more expensive. But, as time goes by, green building practices will hopefully become more affordable at the outset.