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PositiveSpace is committed to incorporating sustainable or “green” design principles in all of our work. Because we are heavily involved in the design process, we can provide real, field-tested experience as to how various materials, methods and techniques have an impact on the overall budget, schedule and quality goals for a project.

Past experience has proven that sustainable development can work. We focus on three main tenets of green design:

Responsible use of natural materials
Whenever possible, we like to use natural materials such as concrete, steel, glass and wood when we are asked to specify materials on a project.  We believe that one of the overall goals of sustainable design and construction is creating a home or office that relates well with its surroundings and creates a living space that connects with the natural environment.

Use of innovative materials and systems
We are always looking for new ways to utilize the myriad of new products coming to market that address the growing “green” movement.  Some of the materials and systems we’ve had experience with include:

  • Low VOC paints, stains, sealants and caulks
  • Radiant floor heating
  • FSC Certified Lumber
  • Non-Toxic Pressure Treated Lumber for outdoor applications
  • Soy-Based Expanding Foam Insulation
  • Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation
  • Sustainable FSC-certified exotic hardwood flooring
  • Rain collection systems
  • Composite lumber made from recycled materials
  • Salvaged lumber
  • High-efficiency windows and doors
  • Engineered lumber and structural systems

Recycling/Waste Mitigation
Whenever possible, PositiveSpace works to reduce the amount of material taken to local landfills.  We do this by constantly seeking out new ways to reuse demolition debris and construction waste.  Solutions range from utilizing local non-profits to whom we often donate salvaged materials to separating project waste for transport to recycling stations as far as 50 miles away.