"Trinity Construction is committed to looking for better, more efficient, more cost-effective and more sustainable ways of serving you."
Whether or not your project aspires to a level of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) or MN GreenStar certification, we continually evaluate ways to become better stewards of our environment.
Shades of Green
One of the greatest things about going Green is that it does not have to be an "all-or-nothing" proposition. Quite simply, it is all about starting on a process that can be as ambitious as you want it to be.
Any effort toward creating healthier indoor environments, reducing water consumption, improving energy and resource efficiency, increasing durability and value, and preserving our natural resources will help in becoming better stewards of our environment.
Everyone benefits by adopting Green building techniques and materials - including those that improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality - specifying products that come from renewable resources, and salvaging or recycling demolition and construction debris whenever possible.
One small Green step could be as little as turning off lights and power strips when not in use, installing low-flow fixtures to reduce water consumption, replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs, using low-VOC or no-VOC products, adding programmable thermostats, or simply adjusting thermostats and/or hot water heater settings to save energy.
More ambitious steps could include anything from the installation of energy efficient windows, doors, roofing and insulation, to high efficiency mechanical systems or geothermal heat pumps.
Did you know that spray foam insulation is making a significant contribution to Green building? Or that geothermal heat pumps are the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective space conditioning system available today?
As part of the new stimulus package, the government has expanded tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements, putting more money in consumer's pockets by providing financial incentives for home owners to go Green.
The Internal Revenue Code, Section 25C tax credit was reinstated as part of the economic rescue package. Only now the credit rate and lifetime cap have been tripled - to 30 percent and $1,500, respectively - the list of eligible improvements expanded, and the deadline for applying has been extended through the end of 2010.
Contrary to some beliefs, building Green can adhere to budgets and lifestyles without compromise. It is possible to blend sustainability with beautiful design, functionality, and cost effectiveness.