Green building may be all the talk these days, but at Rochman Design-Build, we do green a little differently. The idea of environmental sensitivity has been part of our mission since our beginnings in 1989. We focus solely on remodeling and additions because we think that good use and reuse of existing homes saves resources. Our design philosophy continues to be that efficient use of existing spaces comes before adding on new space, no matter how green the products in the new space are. Good design is nearly always green design. RDB’s approach to designing and building relies on systems that work—improving a home’s floor plan for efficiency and comfort, using “Not So Big House” concepts, saving energy, reducing construction waste, improving air quality, using sustainable materials, and improving the overall quality of our client’s life in their existing home.
There continues to be many new green products, techniques and code issues for us learn, and our talented designers make it a point to stay current so we can inform you and lead you through the options. In May 2011, Gary became the first remodeler in Michigan to earn the Green Certified Professional (GCP) designation in Michigan, from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). A 12 week course and a rigorous test of green building knowledge were required to earn this GCP designation.
Here are a few items we discuss with clients:
- Foam insulation: Expanding foam in your building’s shell greatly reduces energy and increases comfort.
- Hydronic floor heating: An efficient system and incredibly comfortable.
- Fluorescent lights CFLs and controls: These reduce energy usage while maintaining aesthetics.
- Mold-resistant construction: This just means building properly as we always have. Mold is basically a sign of poor construction—allowing water to enter the home, or not letting interior moisture vent out.
For us, “going green” must enhance every project. That’s where our experience comes in. We’re aware of the pitfalls and the potentials, the small adjustments that have big effects and the grand gestures that might not make a lot of difference. We’ve stayed in front of the changes in the green building field, and most importantly, we know how to judge what’s going to bring long-term value to your home.