We are not talking about emerald, forest, linden, fern or olive – we are talking GREEN! Recently, the word green has become symbolizing the protection of the environment and environmentally friendly products and procedures. In the construction and remodeling industries, green building products and practices have become an industry in their own right. A green home can mean energy efficiency, ecological benefits, health considerations and will provide long-term savings, comfort and safety.
The kitchen alone is responsible for nearly half of the energy consumption of a home. Remodeling your kitchen is the perfect opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of your home and make it a healthy place for your family and your environment. A green kitchen is an intrinsically brighter and well-ventilated work area thanks to the many functional windows that provide light and heat. Another way to create a healthy air in your kitchen is to choose low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) products. VOCs reduce the quality of the air and can be dangerous for the health of your family; Many cabinet manufacturers use a VOC called urea-formaldehyde.
A special line of cabinetry, the Tedd Wood Nature Collection, has options for water-based and low-VOC finishes. This line is also the highest certified green cabinet line available anywhere; it has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the Rainforest Alliance. Ensuring forest security is also possible by choosing durable sustainable flooring and counter surfaces: bamboo, cork, wheat and eucalyptus as well as recycled glass and concrete make beautiful sets in a kitchen.
Another important element is a green kitchen is storage; Special sorting spaces are created for recyclables and compostables. Making room for this in the kitchen reduces your amount of household waste and compost can help you grow your own organic herbs for cooking. Working with a professional designer who is in tune with your desire to create a green kitchen can be very helpful with this space planning! A green kitchen also has appliances that are rated for energy efficiency and have features of water saving. Did you know that you can go even further than "Energy Star"? Other things like induction cooktops, as opposed to traditional electric radiants or gas, waste less heat and take less time. It is rated at 90% energy efficiency compared to the traditional 50-60%. Do not forget the high efficiency water heater in your remodeling process as it affects the kitchen water supply with the rest of the house.
There is much to consider when renovating your home; Add to that your desire to make it green and you have even more to think about it. Working with a professional design / construction company can be a simple energy saver, and will also help you stay abreast of the latest products and trends.