At CCRE, we feel a responsibility not only to our clients and the community, but also to our environment. We believe in and implement the responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices.
While we continually look for ways to improve our environmental stewardship, our current practices to promote sustainable building include:
One of the most significant tools of sustainability is historic preservation, rehabilitation and adaptive re-use of existing buildings and sites. Our projects are defined as “urban infill,” meaning they reuse or reposition obsolete or under-utilized buildings and sites. Urban infill is itself “green building” because it incorporates the following eco-friendly features:
- Easy Access to Green Spaces
- Walkable Communities
- Near Public Transportation
- Bike Storage
At every stage of any projects’ development, we utilize sustainable materials, implement cutting-edge technologies and often choose materials and processes that exceed building codes. Our goal is to lessen our environmental impact and promote energy efficiency while providing a home of exceptional quality for our clients. Some of the energy-efficient features standard in our projects include:
- Energy Star windows – Reduce heat loss and gain to your home.
- Energy Star appliances – Operate more efficiently to save energy.
- Insulated and sealed duct work – Improves the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.
- Insulation – We use a combination of foam and batt insulation that exceed requirements to prevent heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter.
- Programmable thermostats – Save energy by running your systems more efficiently.
- Low-maintenance landscape – We install landscaping that requires minimal watering.
- Low VOC products – We use low VOC products that release no, or minimal, VOC pollutants (a gas that diminishes air quality and may be detrimental to your health).
- Recessed lights – Airtight to prevent heat and cooling loss. We install fluorescent bulbs which use 20-30% less power and last 8 to 15 times longer than standard bulbs.
- Light-colored roofing – Helps reflect the sun’s rays, reducing heat absorption and making your home more energy-efficient.
Approximately 40% of the total solid waste in the U.S. is produced by construction and demolition. The landfills that harbor this waste can contaminate groundwater and invade valuable green space.
In an effort to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, we recycle, reuse or salvage as much of an existing site as possible, whether by redistributing the materials into the current project, saving them for a future project or donating them to charitable organizations.
Sustainably Managed Building Materials
Forests are a vital natural resource. They contribute greatly to air and water quality and, put simply, they support life. As part of an industry that relies on wood, we feel strongly that our forests need to be honored and protected. Whenever possible, we use FSC Certified Forest Products, which are products that originate from forests that are sustainably managed to ensure the integrity and health of the forest.