Green Building Technology & Construction Practices
The definition of green building is "the practice of designing, planning, and constructing buildings where the priority and emphasis is placed on the current and future environmental impact of the building" (www.healthy-holistic-living.com). By far, the greenest house is the one already built. It saves large quantities of natural resources and embodied energy, in addition to saving time and money. Preserving homes of any age is a very important part of protecting the environment.
Trinity is known for their experience and expertise in sustainable and energy efficient improvements to existing homes. Every renovation and home addition is an opportunity to build green and promote a healthier environment. We actively work with local energy auditors and other specialists to outline specific improvement strategies based on the homeowners needs. Technologies and strategies that we currently utilize include, but are not limited to: high efficiency HVAC systems (to maximize heating and cooling and minimize energy use); solar hot water and tankless on-demand water systems; rainwater /gray water catchment and re-use; PV solar panels; advanced framing techniques; salvaging, recycling and reclaiming materials from the existing structure; buying local to reduce distances materials must travel.
As well, Trinity considers the tax implications, rebate offers and soft benefits associated with environmentally friendly construction. In North Carolina it is possible to get income, corporate and property tax incentives for green construction. In addition, when selecting to use products and technologies that are currently more expensive than the traditional alternatives, the benefits come through in a better, more efficient use of energy in the home and the likely production of renewable energy.