"For all the talk in our industry about 'sustainable' or 'green' design, yours is perhaps the most pure manifestation of sustainable architecture—you are recovering what is already there and bringing new value to it. And there is a strong sense of design behind every decision. Others would tear down and then justify it by using recycled materials, etc. It does not compare to what you are doing and doing well."
- George Takoudes AIA, LEED AP, Principal
Waste from building construction accounts for 25% of all landfill in the United States. 50% of that waste is in the form of demolition debris. And while the use of building materials derived from recycled or responsibly harvested sources is a positive trend, the greenhouse gases generated by the manufacture and shipping of these materials often outweigh the benefits.
Reviving an old structure, and the material of which it is made, isn't a green impulse. It's a creative one. There's something mystical about aged materials that, when juxtaposed against more modern elements, always surprises and delights. But it also happens to be about the greenest thing one can do. It avoids the landfill, spares the energy of production, and recycles an existing footprint. And when combined with the latest in green technology, makes for a home that is as timely as it is timeless.
In addition to reclaiming and re-purposing historic structures and architectural materials, Givonehome offers clients a selection of locally grown finish woods, responsibly harvested and custom milled at our property in the Catskill Mountains. Pick your tree, and we'll turn it into molding, furniture, flooring, anything. And add another uniquely green feature to your home.