28 Nov Sustainable Kitchen Design
As we continue to learn and understand our impact on the Earth, eco-friendly, sustainable, and “green” practices continue to rise in popularity. Sustainable products are more than cost-efficient in the long run. They also help protect our planet from further damage by lowering pollution levels and ensuring a healthier environment – for ourselves and for future generations.
Although information about “going green” is readily available, some people have questions about how to implement sustainability in the renovation of their homes. Quick solutions include energy efficient lighting and appliances. However, there are additional ways to include eco-friendly products in the kitchen and bath.
Cabinets are arguably the largest footprint in any kitchen design. Therefore, it’s important to choose cabinet material that is sustainably-sourced and crafted. When searching for Denver custom cabinetry, look for companies that manufacture products with low emissions, sustainable forestry, and recycled materials.
At BKC Kitchen and Bath, our cabinet manufacturers follow the strict guidelines of the Forestry Stewardship Council. The council ensures that wood-sourcing is done in a way which avoids further depletion of the environment. In addition to having FSC certification, each of our cabinet companies is a member of the Environmental Stewardship Program. This monitors the following aspects of sustainability in the construction and manufacturing fields:
- Air Quality – low emissions
- Product Resource Management – recycled materials and sustainable forestry
- Process Resource Management – energy conservation and waste management processes
- Environmental Stewardship – firm commitment to environmental protection
- Community Relations – community involvement
In addition to FSC-certified cabinetry, an opportunity to “go green” in the kitchen and bath is to incorporate solid surfaces developed with sustainable materials. Engineered products such as Silestone and Ceasarstone quartz countertops aren’t just durable and gorgeous. They emit low VOCs, need zero sealing, and can be made with recycled materials. Barn wood butcher blocks and recycled glass countertops, such as Vetrazzo, are also beautiful options for unique, eco-friendly surfaces.
If you would like to discuss options for your kitchen or bath with a design that utilizes sustainable products, contact us today.