At Tabor Design Build, we believe that green home remodeling is not only good for the environment –it’s also good for your wallet. To us, remodeling green means making your home more efficient, healthy and comfortable for your family. We’ve been dedicated to green building and sustainable home design since our company began, long before it was popular to be green.
Award Winning Green Design
John Tabor has completed the green remodeling course sponsored by the Green Building Council and is certified as a Green Advantage Professional. Tabor Design Build has won numerous local and national awards for its green home remodeling projects, including National Association of the Remodeling Industry Contractor of the Year Awards. To see an awards list, click here.
By using Energy-Star rated appliances, highly efficient heating and air conditioning systems, direct vent and tank-less water heaters, you can expect lower utility bills. We use low E, Energy-Star doors and windows with insulation that exceeds building code requirements. This increases your comfort, while decreasing your need for heating and air conditioning.
Although high efficiency appliances and materials can initially be more expensive, they can lower your energy consumption by thirty to fifty percent, resulting in long-term savings for your family. The extra up front expense can be easily recouped when you sell your house. In addition, we can help you take advantage of the many energy saving tax credits available.
State-of-the-Art Water Saving Features
Low-flow faucets and shower heads help to decrease your water usage dramatically. Dual-flush toilets eliminate wasted water, and progressive tank-less water heaters heat only what is needed, significantly reducing your water heating bills.
Healthy Air Quality
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are especially noxious gases that are emitted from new products, particularly building materials. Tabor Design Build uses low to no-VOC paints, sealants and wood products on all projects. During construction, we reduce dust with plastic dust curtains and frequent cleaning. We even launder the canvas drop cloths we cover your floor with. Before construction, we inspect for lead, asbestos, mold and other dangerous substances, and hire specialists to correctly remove these toxins from your home when discovered.
Best Practice Forest Preservation
More paneling, flooring and cabinetry manufacturers are using wood that is harvested under the guidelines of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This program certifies that the wood is harvested responsibly and that new trees are planted to replace those cut down. We use FSC-certified wood whenever possible. Additionally, more building materials are made from recycled concrete, glass and reclaimed wood, and we are skilled in using these and other relatively new products that are continually appearing in today’s ever-changing market. At Tabor Design Build, we make a conscious effort to conserve our planet’s precious resources.
Whenever feasible we donate existing cabinets, fixtures and appliances to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Community Forklift, where they are resold with proceeds going to charity. This way, fewer materials go to landfills, and more funding is available to build homes for those in need.
Personally Tested Products
A steady stream of new and improved ‘green’ building products regularly appear in today’s market. Many of them boast fantastic performance claims by the manufacturers. To read some of the ads, you get the impression that these projects assemble and install themselves and then reduce your utility bills to nothing. To find out how difficult and expensive these products are to build with, and how well they perform, John Tabor uses his own home as a test case –installing and testing new products and assessing their performance. Only after a product receives the Tabor Design Build seal of approval, are we willing to install it in your home.
Check out our design build services for energy efficient and sustainable home design, including many remodeling and green building projects in Washington DC, Maryland and surrounding areas today.