"Going green" is not just a trend; it's a movement. Today's construction professionals know their green contracting expertise can make a difference when they're considered for jobs. Being a green contractor can contribute directly to their bottom lines. As a result, more and more contractors are advertising green construction and design capabilities.
Any contractor, however, can hang a shingle or tag a Web site with the word "green" without having actual experience in designing and building eco-friendly, sustainable homes.
The right questions can help homeowners cut past the hype and learn about a company's actual experience. The following are a few questions you should ask:
- How many years has the contractor been offering green construction?
- How many green projects can they show you in their portfolio?
- How many green projects have they done that are similar to the job for which they're being considered?
- How many references can they provide who are still pleased with green construction completed a year or two ago?