Custom Builders are constantly asked questions about green construction, and sustainable or environmentally friendly products. There are two distinct sides of the green construction concept. Firste ther are green products, which are generally from renewable or sustainable resources, and also products that are healthy for the indoor environment. Second is green building technology which consists of advanced insulation and waterproofing techniques, and high efficiency, or sustainable heating, cooling, and power generation systems.
Our experience over the last several years has taught us that despite the innovative technology used in developing many of these products, many of these products and techniques are still unproven. The Green Building movement is still in its infancy, and there have been several problems with moisture, mold, and building envelope failures over even a short period of time. At REEF, we have taken the time to assess and evaluate many of the current and future green building concepts, and we have found proven, yet highly efficient and safe products that work. Our team of experts prides themselves in staying current on Green trends and techniques.
There are several Green Building concepts that we really like. As a matter of fact, 3 years ago, REEF invested in photovoltaic solar panels on our own office building here on Cape Cod, and the results have been fantastic!
Here is an interesting article from Risk Magazine that highlights some of the current problems with green building products.