Formerly Known as “Green Building”
“Eco-smarts are becoming a simple fact of building, more common-sense pragmatism than tree-hugging dogmatism… Any home, existing or new, can be made more resource-efficient - it’s relative, not absolute.” - Albert, Amy. “Green Homes, In Every Color.” Builder July 2, 2012. Link to Article
In the last decade or so, we have seen a mainstream trend emerge toward building with a focus on decreasing our impact on the Earth. As with any sort of progressive movement, there have been some successful innovations (standardization of sustainable lumber harvesting standards, mandatory landfill diversion legislation, cost efficient SIPs, etc.) and many, many unsuccessful ones (bamboo flooring with extremely high embodied energy, buildings that don’t breathe, resulting in mold growth and other health risk-inducing outcomes, etc.). Many “green building” innovations that have been adopted en mass have not withstood the test of time, and have proven to not be good long-term solutions for decreasing our impact on the finite resources of the Earth. In fact, many of these products, like inexpensive bamboo flooring, are not “green” products at all, but are merely marketed as such.
At UpCycle Builders, we focus on what we call Responsible Building practices, which do not rely on the newest trend, rather, they are a result of common-sense, incremental, on-site steps we can easily take without affecting project scope, design, or budget. Building “green” or “responsible” does not only refer to high-impact projects like installing photovoltaic panels or greywater systems. It also refers to the day-to-day things we can do on the jobsite that will decrease our impact on the Earth, much like the day-to-day things we do at home for the same purpose: minimizing waste by separating trash, minimizing and re-using packaging materials, and being mindful of the products we use, including their chemical compositions and methods of manufacture.