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Want to go green in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene? Go James Hardie Fiber Cement!

One of the best things we can do for ourselves, our families, and our environment is to be more conscious of the choices we make in everyday decisions as well as decisions we make when it comes to both interior and exterior remodels in our Spokane and Coeur d’Alene homes. One of the decisions that you can certainly go green on is with your choice of siding. We choose James Hardie fiber cement siding with ColorPlus technology as our sustainable siding of choice for a number of factors.

James Hardie's efforts in thoughtful, sustainable solutions begin even before the raw materials are combined at the manufacturing plants. 90% of the raw materials they choose to put in their products are sourced local to the actual manufacturing facilities. How is this green? Well, think of the fuel savings and pollutant savings from trucking and shipping that are saved when this method is employed? With 10 plants across the country and very high standards when it comes to which raw materials make it to the facilities, these choices are very important to James Hardie and none are taken lightly.

One of the main components in their board is water, of course, and they use a lot of water over the course of a year. And while some manufacturing facilities in any capacity don’t have a concern over water, James Hardie has strict guidelines and usage regulations when it comes to not only water consumption, but water recycling.

Also, I would imagine in all manufacturing environments there is going to be a waste factor due to either mis-made products, human error, equipment error or any other factor that could deem a batch of product to not be perfect. What do they do with this waste? Depending on the product, I would imagine some gets tossed, some gets reused, and some probably goes out the door into the sales channel! However, not with James Hardie. They have a meticulous plan when it comes to waste. Keeping track of all the raw materials that come into the plant by weight, they then track how much weight goes out of the plant. They have a program called Zero to landfill. If material is produced that doesn’t meet their standards, as much of it as can be recycled is then broken down and put back in the manufacturing life-cycle. They typically run in the very high 96-98 percentile in this program recycling their products.

Once the product gets on-site, this is where the consumer (and all their neighbors) benefit from James Hardie’s vision. We promote the ColorPlus line of products that are pre-painted in the James Hardie factory in Reno, Nevada. What this means to the consumer is no VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) are released into the atmosphere. This keeps your home healthier and happier and allows you to be finished with your project sooner because there’s no painter involved.

Interested in participating in the LEED program? The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program is one that rewards projects that comply with a set of design standards for the construction and operation of green buildings administered by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). James Hardie ColorPlus fiber cement siding influences 4 of 69 points in categories MR 5.1 & 5.2 (Regional Materials) as well as MR 4.1 & 4.2 (Recycled Content).

Take the right step and call Aspen to schedule a free curb appeal consultation today and lets not only make your home more beautiful, let’s make it and your neighbors Green with envy!

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