Go Green with an Eco-Friendly Basement Remodeling Plan

Friday, December 30th by Iris Doubleday

Green Home

Green building products and practices are becoming more popular than ever, with some of the most cutting-edge technology in the industry being developed for energy efficiency and sustainability. Here at Total Basement Finishing, we've been finding that more and more homeowners are looking for an environmentally-conscious approach to basement remodeling. When you need more space in your home, transforming your unused, unfinished basement into a functional living area can be a much greener alternative to building an addition.

Our green basement finishing solutions will not only provide you with a comfortable basement and healthier home, they will also help create a healthier environment for the home shared by all of us – our planet.

Some homeowners are hesitant to invest in a green basement remodeling system for fear that it will be more expensive than a more traditional method. This is a myth. In reality, green building practices are often cheaper than traditional ones and are practically guaranteed to pay for themselves by reducing your energy costs over time. A few of the many benefits of going green with an eco-friendly basement finishing system include:

  • High-quality materials that will last longer than drywall or fiberglass
  • More comfortable interior temperature in your home
  • Healthier home with better ventilation, less indoor air contaminants, and better protection from moisture issues
  • Lower heating and cooling costs due to energy-efficient products
  • Less environmental impact

How is the Total Basement Finishing system environmentally-friendly?

EverLast basement wall panel

TBF insulated wall panels are extremely water-resistant and are made from reusable, eco-friendly materials

At Total Basement Finishing, all of our basement remodeling products are designed and tested for durability, mold-resistance, and energy-efficiency. The insulation in our EverLast basement wall panels is made with HCFC blowing agents that are 94 percent less ozone-depleting than standard blowing agents, and therefore much less damaging to the environment. Even better, this insulation can be reused for many different applications. When combined with our hard-panel wall boards, made from certified recycled materials, these products are the perfect green alternative to drywall and fiberglass.

Drywall and fiberglass are materials that are very difficult to recycle, which means that they usually go straight to landfills. Drywall can also add sulfate to your water, and its vulnerability to mold growth and rotting can destroy your indoor air quality by spreading allergens. Similarly, fiberglass contains resins that release formaldehyde into your home when it rots or molds. By eliminating the need to use these materials, Total Basement Finishing can ensure that your basement stays protected from mold, wood rot, and water damage while providing healthy air quality for your home.

We also offer a basement ceiling tile system with fully recyclable metal frames, as well as eco-friendly basement flooring options. The plastic compounds in our ThermalDry floor tiles, ThermalDry floor matting, and MillCreek flooring can be fully recycled and were made from post-consumer products. We have also thoroughly tested our MillCreek flooring to ensure that it contains no lead, cadmium, or mercury, and will not contribute to indoor air pollution in any way. This flooring has an ozone-destroying index of zero, so you can feel good about your impact on the environment while enjoying your beautiful finished basement!

From insulated basement walls and floors to energy-efficient basement windows and Energy Star rated basement dehumidifiers, Total Basement Finishing takes energy-efficiency to the next level. If you're ready to enjoy the benefits of a beautifully remodeled and eco-friendly basement, contact your local Total Basement Finishing dealer today!

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