Almost 90% of homes in the U.S. were built before 1980 and require upgrades to be more eco-friendly. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, there are steps that you can take to ensure that your new kitchen is as environmentally friendly as possible. Consider working with a contractor specializing in green remodeling and asking them about including the following projects as part of your redesign.
Older, less-efficient windows can lead to dramatic energy waste in your home. As you plan your kitchen renovation, replace your older windows with modern energy-efficient windows. Adding new windows will help reduce drafts, limiting the amount of energy used to heat and cool your home. Newer windows will mean clean glass without clouding or damage, so you’ll be able to see through your windows easily while you spend time in this important room.
Your kitchen is the center of your home and having enough storage in this room is vitally important. A contractor can help make sure you have the cabinet space you need and plan it out the way you’d like. While you plan out your kitchen remodel, be sure to focus on the materials you use. Manufacturers often make cabinetry from wood from non-sustainable sources. Our forests suffer, as a result, causing a dramatic impact on the environment. Speak to your contractor about opting for sustainable cabinetry instead. They can select from many green options, using materials from companies that participate in Environmental Stewardship Programs.
Low-VOC Paints and Adhesives
One of the best parts of a kitchen renovation is selecting the colors you’d like for your paint, tile, and flooring. The stains and adhesives that your contractor works with can affect the environment, as well. Opting for standard materials may release VOCs (volatile organic compounds) into the air and water, creating contamination. Ask your contractor to use adhesives and paints that are low VOC instead to limit the environmental impact of your project. You can help lessen the overall carbon footprint of your kitchen renovation with these changes.
There are many essential components of planning out your kitchen remodel, including making sure that it has the smallest environmental impact possible. Speak to your contractor and let them know that it is a priority to incorporate your ecological goals into their project planning.