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How do I find a green contractor?
April 28, 2010 6:18 AM   Subscribe

I am looking for recommendations for a general contractor with some green certifications, emphasis, and/or experience in the Baltimore/Washington area.

As I said, I am looking for recommendations for a general contractor with some green certifications, emphasis, and/or experience in the Baltimore/Washington area. If you can either share your recommendations or offer up suggestions on how to best search for such a company/person, I would greatly appreciate it. This is for single-family home renovations, including potentially roof/baths/kitchen/windows/electric/heating & cooling.

I am aware of the National Association of Home Builders and their online directory of builders with green designations, but I am not sure which designations are the most important and if there are other other sites that are better clearinghouses for this info. (I also am aware of Home Builders Association of Maryland and that they designate some builders as "green" but I am not sure how valuable this designation is.)

I hope to combine this info with past questions about how to pick a general contractor (ie, get quotes from 3 contractors in writing and ask for references) to make the final decision.
posted by rabidsegue to Home & Garden (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Terralogos is a green architecture firm that's done a lot of green roofs and residential pilot projects in Baltimore. If anyone would have recommendations, they would.
posted by electroboy at 6:36 AM on April 28, 2010


There are these guys. Not sure if it's exactly what you're looking for, but they're "green."
posted by schmod at 6:42 AM on April 28, 2010


Try this: http://greenhomeguide.com/

But, make sure to do a little research on them, also! Some people are just hopping on the greenwagon, and others will have a great deal of insight and experience. I know that's kind of obvious, but worth keeping in mind. I guess if you're going to be getting different quotes, you'll get to meet them and feel them out. But remember, if you're getting multiple quotes, make sure that they are bidding apples to apples (which can be difficult to do when it comes to build quality).
posted by Red Loop at 8:53 AM on April 28, 2010


there's these guys...

http://www.baltimoregreenconstruction.com/

they do lots of different projects, definitely green but practical...
posted by ennui.bz at 11:42 AM on April 28, 2010


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