Thursday, December 31st, 2009
In Northern New Jersey, in Hillsdale, on Cross Street to be more specific, the Garden State is approaching completion of its most ecologically sound, most advanced environment friendly home.
Many are unaware of the fact that Governor Corzine and his administration have written an energy plan which calls for 30% of New Jersey's homes to use renewable, efficient resources by the year 2020. New Jersey is already a national leader in its support of cleaner, renewable and less destructive means of harnessing and consuming energy; a leader in its commitment to make less of an impact on the environment. Under Governor Corzine, 16,822 homes have been built to Energy Star specifications, as set by the U.S. Department of Energy for New Jersey's Clean Energy Program. Exceeding that high standard, the Hillsdale, New Jersey home has taken a step towards raising the bar and building greener than green.
The home on Cross Street is the first residential building in NJ to reach the status of LEED Platinum, the highest level of energy efficiency and green certification. It is 70% more efficient than a conventional structure. The residence utilizes the latest, most energy efficient technology available. Sustainable materials like bamboo flooring, reclaimed pine cabinets, polymer roofing, and spray foam insulation are a few examples. The polymer roof keeps the rain water clean so that it can be stored and used. Water soaks through the walkway and patio surfaces to reduce run-off. Energy Star rated appliances and lighting are also found throughout the home. A high efficiency heating and cooling system has been installed. And finally, advanced foam insulation provides a complete air seal in the roof and the walls to reduce the loss of heat to an absolute bare minimum. Spray foam insulation will lower the homeowner's energy bills by up to 50%, allowing the sun to take on its more important tasks, and keeping the heating and cooling systems working at their minimum.
SealRite Spray Foam installed the foam insulation, helping the state of New Jersey to make this ecologically profound step in green building. This monumental project speaks volumes to homeowners and industry professionals, not only about the impact of energy efficiency to the pocket of the individual American homeowner, but also the impact that building smart will have on America as a whole. Green building is not a trend that has passed or part of the distant future, but a current responsibility homeowners and builders should embrace for both its cost-effectiveness and positive influence on the environment. The Hillsdale project has paved the way for more environmentally friendly building. SealRite is proud to have had the opportunity to contribute their services to such a profound movement.
SealRite Spray Foam is the spray foam insulation industry leader. We utilize technologies and operate at a level unprecedented in our field. We take pride in our advancements, the benefits of which our clients will surely recognize. Through constant education, training and unparalleled experience, SealRite provides an unsurpassable level of service. SealRite Spray Foam is a company with the drive, ability, and vision necessary to affect change in our nation's 'better late than never' environmental campaign to steady the planet's resources, allowing time for healing, and setting a new standard for the future.
The architects, engineers, developers, contractors and manufacturers within the building industry CAN ensure the environmental safety and viability of this planet's future. Our position is unique. We are capable of making an immediate difference. With the technology in our hands and the experience at our backs, we can surge forward into the future, changing the way America builds. From the moment the pencil moves to sketch the plans, we are faced with the responsibility not to simply think outside the box, but to build a better box itself; not just to think efficiently, but to act efficiently and to always remember what our home, our planet has given us, and to not take that in vain, but to return the favor with vigor. We are not looking for the answers. We have them. It's time to act on them and challenge ourselves and our industry to step up to the plate and swing for the fences. We've heard Be Green and Go Green and Think Green and Build Green and they have brought us this far, but it is time to change our tune. Green can be Greener.