Green Building Brattleboro VT
Vinyl Siding & Exterior Home Improvments
Spofford Total Energy Products
West Chesterfield, NH
For shallow pitches or flat roofs on all or certain areas of your house, consider a Green roof. The technology has become very sophisticated and the insulation benefits are terrific as well as the run-off water prevention. Plant-filled rooftops offer an attractive and energy-saving alternative to a conventional one.
Green roofs typically cost $8 to $10 a square foot, whereas a regular roof costs about $4 to $6 a square foot. In addition to energy savings via the insulation factor, one of the top reasons for installing a green 'living' or vegetated roof is to absorb rainwater.
The ROI Calculation is based on the offset cost of a 2,000 sq. ft. section of a house. This calculation factors in the replacement cost of typical roof once over 20 years, and spreads the savings across the ten year life of the calculation.TAX CREDITS: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides you with a 30% Tax Credit for Smart Roofs that are put into service by the end of 2010. This tax credit item is only for existing homes, not new construction, that is your primary residence and it includes ONLY the cost of materials and NOT installation. (3 KEY POINTS - #1: The tax credit cap is $1,500 on collective home improvement elements other than Geo-Thermal 'Ground Source' Heat Pumps, Solar Hot Water Heating, Solar Photovoltaic, and Fuel Cell systems - which each have no cap and are eligible through 2016. #2: The tax credits for exterior 'weatherization' improvements like windows, doors and insulation do not include the cost of installation! #3: If you reach the $1,500 cap in 2009, you are not eligible for additional tax credits in 2010.) Choose Smart Roofs that meet these criteria to get the Tax Credit; and check products carefully, because in many cases an ENERGY STAR certification does not necessarily meet the tax credit requirements below:
Metal and AsphaltRoofs:
• All Energy Star labeled metal and asphalt roofs qualify for the tax credit.
• Must be expected to last 5 years OR have a 2-year warranty.
Office Cork Flooring
Office Cork Flooring
Spend $525 now and SAVE $105 each year... ROI = 20%
Saving energy and money on utilities is key, but you can also make your office 'green' right under your feet. Your employees, customers, and clients will applaud your efforts that they will get to experience every day. Durability is key for high traffic office areas and the latest products take that need into consideration. Renewable flooring like Cork costs less than hardwood and looks great. The bark from the Cork tree is pealed off allowing the tree to re-grow another layer for the next house. "Floating" systems have a layer of support underneath the cork with pre-urethaned finishes to save you time and money on the top coat.
Note that when comparing prices against hardwood, American oak is often cured longer and has less potential to buckle than cheaper imports that cost less than $5 / sq. ft. Cork costs about $3.50 / sq. ft. so the immediate savings on a 300 sq. ft. room (20' x 15' ) are about $450. If you buy the easy 'snap-ins', you can do it yourself and use a $.50 / Sq. ft. underlayment for increased 'cushioning' and moisture barrier. You can also consider using cork instead of carpet. Installed carpet ranges from $1.25 to $2.50 per sq. ft. but you have to clean and potentially replace it every 5 to 10 years depending on wear. The savings are immediatly relative to wood, but the ROI Calculation is based on carpet at an average of $1.75 / sq. ft. for 600 sq. ft. rooms with a carpet replacement within 10 years. The average employee uses 225 sq. ft. Since the average factors in shared hall space, this calculation is for three average sized offices. Naturally, conference rooms, break rooms, and other areas may also work well for cork flooring.