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Build It Green

Green BuildingBuilding Smart

There are a number of ways that you can “build green.” You can do it officially, using LEED Certification and/or FSC lumber, both are great ways to go. The only drawback is that it can add a substantial amount to the cost of your project.

We have found that there are many ways to build in an environmentally responsible manner that do not require extra costs. The best way to do this is to bring our experts in on the earliest planning stages of your project. We will have lots of ideas that you can build right into your project. When you build smart, we all win.

Building Green: Everyday Sensible

Overisel Lumber is your solution for simple ways to make a difference in your home’s expenses, energy consumption, and good family stewardship. Here are a few things you can do to your home to make a difference:Energy Star Logo

  • Add attic insulation
  • Install new windows or doors
  • Add or update storm windows and doors
  • Caulk and seal around windows, doors, and any where air can come in
  • Add an ultra-efficient EdenPURE Heater
  • Upgrade appliances to reach better efficiency
  • Insulate around electrical outlets
  • Add or replace the weatherstripping and sweeps around your exterior doors
  • Maintain your furnace, air conditioner and air ducts by changing your filters and having equipment checked by professionals as recommended
  • Switch to florescent light bulbs
  • Add a water heater blanket and water pipe insulation

Building Green: Certifications

LEED LogoLeadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a green building certification system, providing verification that a building or community was designed and built using green strategies intended to improve performance in areas such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources.

FSC LogoThe Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a group that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests. They exist to provide defense against deforestation, illegal logging, and global warming. The FSC enforces a chain of custody certification which tracks all the facets a product goes through from the forest until installation in a home or building to ensure proper measures are taken.