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The most common thing in business these days is to call oneself green. We donâ€™t believe that this is enough. The first step to truly being a green remodeler is education. Sustainable building is a relatively new concept/ideal and therefore what is considered to be green changes rapidly. In order to be a leader in this field constant education is mandatory. After taking a certificate program at San Diego State over the last year, K-COâ€™s General Manager, Chad Gardner, has learned quite a bit about what it means to truly reduce a businessâ€™ impact on the environment. He didnâ€™t stop there. Through Chadâ€™s efforts K-CO has become a Certified Green Building Professional. Chad is also well on his way to becoming certified green home inspector with a well respected non-profit known as Build it Green.
Reducing your impact on the environment applies to K-COâ€™s office procedures and remodeling practices. In our offices, employees are encouraged to use both sides of paper stock and then recycle it when done. The use of natural light is encouraged whenever possible and fluorescent lighting is used when it is not. Cross ventilation and floor standing fans are used to keep the air conditioner switch in the off position. These small steps have seen over a 20% decrease in power usage in our office.
Examining office methods was only the first step. These practices continue to the jobsites we manage.
We consistently recycle/reuse many demolished materials like lumber, aluminum, appliances and support the use of sustainable materials. We respect local waterways by using containment products to stop the flow of construction debris off site and into the storm system. We encourage the use of water conserving plumbing fixtures beyond what the state has mandated. K-COâ€™s remodels include radiant barrier sheeting and recycled green fiber insulation to provide extra energy efficiency. We encourage the use of paints with little or no VOC content. These are just a few of the voluntary changes toward the goal.
Through education of our employees and customers we are creating an environmentally friendly business culture. By offering green product alternatives and incorporating green building techniques of our own we hope to further support a healthy environment.
These actions have not only had an effect on employees who have commented that they â€śfeel like they are doing something goodâ€ť but have been recognized by a green innovation award from State Senator Lori Saldana.