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Building Envelope/Exterior

Insulation/Thermal Bridging| Architectural | Brown Fields | Siding/Painting | Walls | Windows/Tinting | Doors | Docks | Foundations | Exterior Lighting | Environmental Services | LEED Certifications | Weatherizing

Insulation/Thermal Bridging
Proper selection of insulation can save energy and enhance indoor air quality. In addition, Federal Tax deductions, and a DTE rebate may apply.


The art and science of sheltering human activity in an environmentally responsible way.
“Architecture involves much more than buildings.  Architects take your vision and give it form, explore its possibilities, raise it to new levels, and then integrate it into your building site and the community at large. They bring not only design, but solutions.  For example, buildings currently account for over 40 percent of energy  . . . [consumption] in the U.S.  Architects, using sustainable design practices, can help negate these effects.”  (American Institute of Architects)

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Brown Fields
Qualified real estate companies, services that provide environmental assessments, as well as architects can lead you to incentives for cleaning up and developing Brown Fields … from finding actual sites, to applying for state and federal tax credits, to acquiring LEED points.


Choose siding that contains insulation and paints that are environmentally- friendly.


Consider purchasing preform insulated wall systems as well as dry wall that is water resistant and has sound proofing qualities. Use recyclable metal studs and headers.


By having windows tinted, you can reduce the solar gain and ultra violet destruction that come from sun light. Tinting windows can also save on air conditioning costs and will reduce fading of furniture, carpeting, and draperies.


Install insulated exterior doors to reduce heat loss in the winter and help with cooling in the summer. When selecting doors, think about whether sound proofing is important to you. You may also want to consider using recycled doors.


Keep docking system seals maintained, or add seals, for energy efficiency. Also, seal all doors. By performing this task, you may be eligible for the EPACT 2005 federal tax deduction.


Look into a new foundation and make sure the process incorporates insulation in the construction of foundation walls for an added cost savings in your energy bills.


Exterior Lighting
Select exterior lights that optimize lighting your property versus generating light pollution and projecting glare onto your neighbors. Ask for assistance in choosing the right lighting for the situation: LED, induction, or T5. Put outside lighting on timers or better yet photo cells or motion detectors to minimize light operation. Motion detectors may not be the right choice where there are animals or blowing tree branches present nearby. The light will trip with the movement, wearing out the bulb and sensor. With these lighting alternatives, you may qualify for DTE rebates or assistance from EPACT 2005 (a federal tax deduction).


Environmental Services
An environmental service company will assist you in meeting environmental compliance and can help get you on track if needed. These companies can also help with the ISP 14001 process and guide you in developing environmentally-friendly processes. You can also call on these companies for clean up services.


LEED Certifications
Get recognized for your green results and receive support in your efforts to improve the environment.


Select a weatherizing company to come and correct all sources of energy loss and maintenance problems. Correcting these issues, big and small, will help you reduce energy use and costs – and by weatherizing, you may qualify for DTE rebates.



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