Being “green” is about more than recycling or remembering not to let the water run. It involves a commitment to reduce our environmental impact. With both our business and the projects we create, Abueva Builders strives to be a construction company with a conscious. We are always looking for ways to reduce our impact through efficient use of resources and mindful material choices .
There will always be resource consumption and waste when it comes to construction. The trick is to approach this efficiently! It all starts with good design and planning. Your thinking, “how much of a difference can we make?” Typically a builder will park a 20 or 30 yard dumpster on site and proceed to fill it up. They may even bring in more than one through the course of a project. At Abueva Builders we have managed to build a 2200 square foot house and only generate 12 yards of trash! Understanding how materials are sized and packaged allows us to design projects that maximize material efficiency. In addition choosing materials that have minimal or recyclable packaging simultaneously reduces waste. We have also developed an extensive list of resources for recycling our waste.
Resource efficiency also pertains to water and energy usage. We have experience in designing highly insulated and air tight building envelopes that can drastically reduce your heating and cooling costs. We also work with our subcontractors to ensure that HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems incorporate technologies that provide cost effective methods for reducing energy and water usage while improving the comfort of the home.
Creating a healthy living environment involves careful selection of materials and products installed in the home. We have researched thousands of products so that we can provide our customers with the answers they are looking for. We prefer to use natural products that are sourced locally and have low VOC emissions whenever possible.
However “green” products are more than just about the material contents. Green products should also be durable products. After all if a product doesn’t last, chance are it will end up in a landfill someday after it has been replaced. That’s why we like to say our projects are built to stand the test of time!