Does Certification really mean anything?
Continuing education is important in any career. What separates Vision Design & Build, Inc. from "Chuck' in the truck is the commitment to continue my education so that your home is improved for your comfort and energy efficiency.
NARI Certified Remodeler (CR)
As a NARI Certified Remodeler I demonstrate my commitment as a professional who provides a full range of remodeling services. To become a CR, I had to possess and prove the skills and knowledge in a broad range of business management and technical skills. In order to even take the course you must have been in business for a minimum of 5 years. The CR course requires approximately 12 weeks of study group and a 500+ question, 8 hour exam. Like all Certifications continuing education "CEU's" are required to maintain my certification.
NARI Green Certified Professional (GCP)
Green means more than using recycled products. A better definition of Green Remodeling is remodeling with a focus on four main concepts.
First, is energy efficiency. Have you ever thought about lowering your electric bill by installing a light tunnel? Did you know by purchasing a high efficiency furnace or water heater you may not save a nickel? There are many factors involved. Just adding insulation is not the answer and may actually do more damage. Prior to any remodel I look over your home with a thermal imaging camera to identify problem areas before I start.
Secondly, a healthy indoor environment is important. IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) is addressed by not only proper venting, but providing important make up air. Volatile organic chemicals (VOC's) are constantly off gassing into your home. Your choice of materials will have a long term effect on your health. Removing contaminants from the air in your home is important. Knowing what materials contain is important.
Third, resource conservation and environmental health are impacted with each decision. Are the products you choose renewable? What is the carbon footprint or cost from cradle to cradle? When materials are removed do they end up in a landfill? These are the decisions I make while planning and completing projects. While it would be nice to use all recycled material, it isn't always cost effective. So, what can I show you that will suit your needs and harm the environment.
Finally, and maybe the most important is treating your home as a system. Every time you change something in your home, what ramifications will it have. For example, by adding 10" of insulation to your attic you may save $100.00 a year on heating and cooling but, you may create an unvented roof condition that will lead to the failure of your shingle or roof sheathing. That repair will cost far more than you save on gas or electric. It's important that your contractor have a great understanding of building science.