At GIS our specialty is creating homes with both low environmental impact and GREEN energy efficiency. There is a synergy between being environmentally conscious and financially-savvy when building custom homes. Our commitment to these building principles helps preserve the natural environment around your new home and keeps your energy bills low as an example.
Here in the Seattle area, we are focused on creating buildings that allow homeowners to enjoy their natural surroundings. Our Green building methods employ a holistic approach, seeking to maximize resources without imposing unnecessarily on the land. We consider the impact your custom home will have on the environment and the community around it. Since homes and buildings account for a large amount of land, energy, and water use, we focus on reducing our overall environmental imprint.
Whenever possible we choose to use non-toxic materials. The goal is to help improve indoor air quality. Most GREEN materials are engineered to maintain “good air” inside a home. This is beneficial because it reduces the likelihood of respiratory illnesses such as asthma and allergies. Many GREEN materials are also emission-free and have very little to no VOC (Volatile organic compound) content. They need to be moisture-resistant in order to prevent molds from growing inside the house. Since Seattle has such a wet climate, we can improve Indoor air quality through ventilation systems and by using construction materials that control humidity and allow a building to breathe.
Green can require engineers, architects, and builders to integrate their areas of expertise. We combine the use of methods and materials of environmentally-sound materials, to preserve energy, reduce environmental impact, and fosters both the health of residents and surrounding wildlife.
GREEN building principles apply to both the building and the functioning of your custom home. This means that we look to improve your design, construction, living, operation, maintenance, and removal/disposal of waste materials.
The cost of energy is significant for Seattle-area households. To achieve the reduced energy usage associated with GREEN building, we select the following materials for our custom homes:
Increased efficiency resulting from new GREEN technology and design can dramatically reduce operation costs associated with heating, electricity, and water in your new home.
Just as with energy use, GIS works to create a house that effectively reduces water consumption. We suggest options for incorporating water-efficient appliances into kitchens and bathrooms, offering spray taps and low-flush toilets. You can take advantage of recycling water around your custom home by means of rainwater harvesting systems. We also work to develop your site in a way that reduces localized flooding, which can carry pollution into water sources and cause erosion.
For those interested in solar power, we can provide solar energy systems. While the Seattle area and climate are not necessarily the ideal location for solar power, it is a green energy source that can help optimize low-impact living, especially when used in conjunction with other green living technologies.
Contact GIS International and schedule a time for us to review your plan. We can help you optimize those plans to include ways to make your building and your daily living more environmentally responsible and energy efficient.
GIS has grown up in this industry – three generations and counting – and have proven ourselves on projects both locally and internationally. We possess the experience and ability to seamlessly integrate the various phases of the construction process and successfully transform an idea into a reality.
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