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Sep 30, 2015 BY arielle

Eco-conscious people have long been looking for ways to end dependency on non-renewable energy sources. With that desire, came a brilliant idea: to look to the sun. The last decade has seen a proliferation of solar-powered homes. Tax incentives, worries about climate change, and expanded research has made them practically commonplace.

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Sep 9, 2015 BY arielle

WaterNest 100

The future of home design in our changing times might just be on the water – and we’re not talking waterfront properties. The solar-powered WaterNest 100 was unveiled just this year, giving us a new idea of just how an eco-friendly home of the future might look. And it is actually a future where homes float.

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Aug 19, 2015 BY arielle

The small or tiny house movement has been gaining steam for the past few decades. While the typical American home is about 2,600 square feet, the typical tiny home is only 100 to 400 square feet. Most people who join the moment cite environmental concerns, fiscal responsibility, and freedom. So are smaller footprints the future of green building?

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Jul 29, 2015 BY arielle

 

There has been much debate in the green building community about the merits and faults of using vinyl in eco-friendly construction. With widely varying findings in the community, it can be difficult to assess the implications of vinyl. That's why we are stepping in to help you make the right decision for your build.

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Jul 8, 2015 BY arielle

Timber Frame Home

We at the Green Construction Company believe in building meaningful partnerships with local companies that share our vision. The British Columbia Timber Frame Company does just that. They have made a commitment to producing timber frame homes with incredible quality, design, and price. They utilize the northern softwood forests of British Columbia and the stunning coastal Douglas Fir to craft all of their timber frames.

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Jun 17, 2015 BY arielle

As an Orcas Island builder, we have many opportunities to work with architects that call the San Juans and the surrounding areas home. This week, we're featuring one of our favorites: Stoltz Kau Architects.

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May 27, 2015 BY arielle

We at the Green Construction Company are always thrilled to complete projects. There is no better feeling than finishing a home and handing it over to the excited new owners. This week, we'd like to highlight one of our recent favorites: the Twisp Cabin - Orcas Style.

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May 6, 2015 BY arielle

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The famed Dwell Magazine recently featured one of our projects: the Brothers' Residence. For this stunning home, we partnered with Seattle's Atelier Drome Architecture and the artist Richard Brothers himself to create a modern residence built for artistic diversions.

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Apr 15, 2015 BY arielle

Fiberglass Windows

Here at the Green Construction Company we get many questions about energy efficient windows. To answer some them, we thought we'd talk about the benefits of fiberglass windows today.

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Mar 25, 2015 BY arielle

energy Efficiency

Many people believe that building energy efficient homes and buildings means spending a ton of money. We're here to prove that there are options that are as good for energy usage as they are for your wallet.

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Mar 4, 2015 BY mark

San Juan Island

There is a renewed interest in the San Juan Islands and the nation at large in growing, harvesting, and building with local trees. The thin soil and limited rain in the San Juan Islands provide slower-growing trees. When trees have slower growth, they provide builders with tight, clear grain — ideal for trim, flooring, and even furniture.

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Feb 9, 2015 BY mark

LEED Certification

 

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program for green buildings. To become LEED certified, projects must get a third-party evaluation to prove their commitment to green building.

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Jan 18, 2013 BY mark

The Green Construction Company is a General Contractor and Custom Home Builder located in the San Juan Islands, Washington.

Orcas Island, Lopez, Shaw & San Juan Island are very unique places to have a home and they provide even more challenges when trying to build or remodel a home. A combination of a vacation mentality, workers being on island time and the logistics for materials can be disastrous (both time & money) if not managed properly.

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Dec 31, 2012 BY mark

Green Building is a popular buzz word amongst the building community today. As people strive towards efficiencies in their home, there is no doubt of the many benefits that are evolving as we bring “Green” products to the forefront of our consumption.

As a builder I am constantly faced with managing Green products for the benefit of my clients and for the environment. Oddly this is not an easy decision. For example if a client wants a wood floor and there is a choice of a “Green” Product that comes from Germany and I am able to get a very similar product made locally from trees that are logged from a managed forest, utilizing local trades and manufacturing I think it would be much more “Green” to go with the local route when considering the extensive carbon footprint of transporting the German product.

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Dec 14, 2012 BY mark

The San Juan Islands in Washington State are a very unique place for building. Location, employees, resources, competition and transportation play key roles in how the flow and costs of a project go. All of these influences come into play and are far more of an influence on the islands than they are on the mainland. As a contractor and custom home builder I have learned to navigate the unique dynamics of the islands.
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Dec 3, 2012 BY mark

Orcas has a few great places to shop for hardware and DIY supplies. Here are your options:
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