“Put on a sweater” letter from Bill:
Building homes as energy efficiently as possible has always made sense to me.
As a geology student in the 70’s, I learned how precious our natural resources are when President Carter made headlines by asking Americans to turn down their thermostats and put on sweaters amidst an oil and natural gas crisis.
The realities of the real world at those times made a lasting impression on me and from the get-go, I embraced the challenge to go beyond standard building codes and practices and build homes that use less energy and feature state-of-the-art technology and products. I am proud to say I was one of the earliest builders in the state of CT to sign on to the Energy Star program when it launched in the early 1990’s.
Fast forward to today, the science on climate change is indisputable and the pressure on our natural resources that much greater. As a builder, I consider the long-term effect of the building process as it relates to resource management, fossil fuel use and carbon emissions. I am mindful that 50-100 years from now the global landscape may be very different and how we build our homes and buildings today will affect how we live and co-habitate in that future system.
Thankfully, more people are now aware of the need to reduce the energy that is used in our buildings and homes. We’ve also discovered that homes that are built to be more energy efficient are also substantially more comfortable to live in and provide other quality of life benefits such as healthier indoor air quality, greater resiliency/the ability to shelter-in-place, etc.
At Celebration Green Design & Build, we are proud to have been part of the emphasis on energy efficiency in its earliest phases and we have continued as advocates and practitioners of Green Building ever since. Our company is not only passionate, but as a team, we also have extensive knowledge and experience utilizing many types of green or energy efficient design strategies & construction practices across all different types of building projects. We have made a commitment to continuing our education and certification to keep abreast of the latest technologies and products as they become available.
In the end, the homes we build for clients are built to last… and most do endure a very long time.
With that in mind, our intention is that the homes we build use energy as wisely – and miserly – as possible.
Or, as we say to ourselves, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”