The Challenges of a “Green” Renovation
A couple of serious questions built around a bit of a rant… Is it possible to build “green”? Here in NW CT, I have run into roadblock after roadblock trying to renovate a modest home that is healthy for my family and my environment, a home that I intentionally purchased that is half the size of my former home, on a much larger piece of land, in order to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
A very well-known “green” builder I contacted (pre-Covid) to help me renovate my 1400 sq ft, 1953 ranch home would not even come to my home unless I signed a contract hiring his company to do the job – no quotes, no face-time, no “let’s get to know each other” (his secretary passed this along – he wouldn’t even talk to me). Other green builders I have spoken with have turned me down as soon as they hear the size of my home. Who will help me with my green renovation if not someone trained to do so?
And building materials? No company will provide FSC-certified trim boards unless I buy in huge quantities. Neither my local hardware stores nor Ring’s End will carry them. What do I do with the trim that I need to replace – that I would prefer to replace with FSC-certified cedar, as I did for my siding?
Has anyone navigated this? Green Building Supply is wonderful for supplying sealants, paints, flooring, etc, but they don’t sell lumber. Is there a Green Building Supply that will sell trim for a dozen windows?
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