GREEN REMODELING

Green remodeling encompasses the areas of energy efficiency, healthy indoor air quality, durability and resource efficiency.

Green Vogue Kitchen - Green RemodelsOlder homes in our Greater Palm Springs Desert area were built when energy was significantly less expensive and have few of the features of new green construction. So a remodel project, which typically involves an older home, provides opportunity to introduce green remodeling concepts.

When they were active remodelers the philosophy of our principals at Cabinets of the Desert was to recognize and concentrate upon those elements of green remodeling that directly benefit the health, comfort and pocketbook of the Client. Any indirect benefit to the environment is a bonus.

We apply green remodeling methods and materials as follows: 1) energy related, for which there is a tangible return in savings and comfort; 2) indoor air quality related, for which there is a beneficial return in health; and 3) durability of materials, for which there is an economic return.

Energy Efficiency

People relate to, understand and demand energy efficiency more than anything else “green.” DemonstrableCabinets of the Desert Palm Desert Kitchen Remodel White Cabinets Stainless Overhead Lights energy efficiency is much more of a “value added” item and is where we would recommend spending your “green “dollars first and foremost.

A professional Home Energy Audit will identify ways to reduce energy consumption in the home (and also improve indoor air quality) through technological and design improvements. These items can be executed, documented and advertized when the property is eventually sold.

The principal areas to find energy efficiency in a remodel project are, where practical:

1) sealing the space to prevent air infiltration

2) upgrading insulation

3) installing energy efficient windows or “low e” glass

4) new air-conditioning systems to include programmable thermostats

5) new appliances

6) tank-less water heaters

7) new lighting (especially with new LED technology). Energy Star ratings attach to all of these.

When asked about solar (photovoltaic) power, we would say that this is not yet cost effective as a return on investment and that dollars are best initially spent on the items listed above. The homeowner also has to factor in whether the property is for seasonal use only.


Indoor Air Quality

The principal ways to improve air quality in a remodel project are:

Cabinets-of-the-Desert-Palm-Desert-Bathroom-Remodel-Off-White-Cabinets-400x3001) selecting low-VOC (low in volatile organic compounds), low-emitting, low-maintenance building materials and products (our GreenGuard certified cabinetry definitely qualifies here);

2) reducing the use of carpeting, which can absorb water and trap particulates and other contaminants;

3) adding a fresh air intake to the conditioning/heating system;

4) update kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans (avoiding ductless hoods that pull exhaust air back into the home);

5) using the opportunity of a remodel to clean or replace old ductwork.


Durability

Durability in a remodel project simply means using products and materials that will last.Cabinets-of-the-Desert-Palm-Desert-Bathroom-Remodel-Dark-Cabinets-400x300

Aside from considerations of style and function, the application of building science to a remodel in this way can provide the homeowner with a healthier and more economical place to live.

Again our cabinets by Executive Cabinetry definitely qualify here.