Certain Green Building Practices are built into our cabinetry. For example our finishes on all our cabinetry are low VOC, water-based finishes and we use CARB II Plywood for all our box material. We also recycle our shop shavings in a multitude of ways: horse owners put the shavings in their horses stalls, dahlia growers store tubers in the shavings through the winter, gardeners cover paths with the shavings for mulch, and campfire enthusiasts find the shavings make quick work of starting a fire and getting onto their s'mores.
Dodges Classic Carpentry Co. sees green building as an inspiring and creative movement within building industry towards greater sustainability in building practices, resource management, and material usage. We are committed to providing our clients with the choices, practices, and products that suit their needs, desires, lifestyles, and budgets.
We see that just as building practices and possibilities are ever shifting and subjective, so too are "Green" Building definitions, practices, and possibilities.
Many green building practices vary by their emphasis on what is the most important building consideration:
- Are you building new or are you restoring something weathered?
- What materials will be used?
- Where will the building materials come from? Can the materials been locally sourced, sustainably harvested or reclaimed?
- How healthy will the indoor air quality?
- How long will the building or the components installed last?
- How much waste will there be now and in the future?
- Where will the waste go? Is the waste recyclable or nonexistent?
- Is the building envelope as tight and supremely energy efficient as possible?
- Is the building sitting in a direction relative to the sun to let in natural light and accommodate heating and cooling passively to limit energy usage?
- How will the building use water?
And on and on.
We recognize green building practices as a choice and upon a clients request will incorporate such practices and materials into any given project.