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10 Questions to Ask Your Green Contractor


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Does he walk the walk?
If your contractor recycles at home and at the office in addition to at the job site, it's a good sign that he's dedicated to going green.
If your contractor recycles at home and at the office in addition to at the job site, it's a good sign that he's dedicated to going green.
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Many homeowners committed to going green with their homes want to see the same level of commitment from a green contractor. Those actively seeking a green contractor for their remodels or new construction are likely to want one who's equally devoted to improving the environment.

It's expected that a green contractor will praise the economic and ecological benefits of green design. To assess a contractor's actual green practices, though, a homeowner may want to look at how he incorporates green into his own world. Is recycling a norm at home and at work? Recycling is a basic indicator of a contractor's commitment to the environment.

What about the buildings in which the contractor lives and works? What elements of green design and construction are integrated into his own office and home? What energy-saving features were incorporated, and when? Does the office or home take advantage of the environmental and climate conditions?

A contractor who is fully invested in green living should be glad to take a prospective client on a tour of his home and workplace to explain the technologies used, the science behind how they work and what benefits resulted from the implementations.


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