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Building a Greener Home: An Interview with Mark Klein of Gimme Shelter Construction

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Gimme Shelter has been designing and building high performance homes in Central Wisconsin since 1987 Our focus has been on sustainable materials and design with an emphasis on integrating renewable energy systems with highly efficient construction techniques.

What are the main differences between the process of green building and a regular building process?

The main difference is that we prioritize sustainability and durability in our design and materials selection.

What are some of the benefits associated with the concept of Green Building?

Better air quality inside the house,lower maintenance and repair cost over the life of the building and the use of products which have lower embodied energy which means that the carbon footprint of construction is reduced.

What are some of the myths associated with the concept of Green Building?

The idea that somehow "Green" building is a shopping trip instead of a comprehensive process involving thoughtful design and analysis of impacts of all the materials used in the construction of a home.

Do you have any quick solutions for someone who wishes his or her home were "greener"?

Use a home inspector who uses a blower door test and infrared camera to analyze your home's thermal performance. If you are planning additions or remodeling take advantage of that process to improve the performance of your home

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you or your company?

Visit our website gimmeshelteronline.com

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