Adding an addition to your home, office, or warehouse needs to be more about getting the most for your money in an environmentally friendly way than it being all about convenience. In fact, you might just find that making the decisions that are best for the environment are decisions that are easy – you just have to realize that there are environmentally friendly options available to you.
Figuring An Affordable Cost
While many people see the final steel building cost as the deciding factor in all of the decisions they make regarding an addition, it should really only be one of the factors. Regardless, it is a factor that cannot be ignored. While the price of metal per square foot may be more than cheap wood, you have the chance to skip out on all of the additional building materials that would be needed to complete a wooden addition that was built by hand.
You also want to factor in all of the time that you are saving by opting for the prefab metal building. It is also possible that you will find that the larger the addition, the more money you will save per square foot. Make sure that you are also talking to someone about the cost of hauling the prefab building to your current location. The closer your property is to the manufacturer, the cheaper it will be. These are all things to consider, but you should still find that this is going to be the best choice for you once you have it all written out and make your comparisons.
You Are Not Harming As Many Natural Resources
When you build a large addition with the standard wood materials, you are using up a lot of the valuable natural resources that we simply cannot replenish quick enough. While there are resources used during the creation of a metal prefab addition, there is not as large of an impact and you can take pride in that.
According to Word Wild Life, roughly 31 percent of our planet is covered in forests filled with trees. However, as we continue to cut down trees for things we need, that percentage can and will continue to dwindle. Since 1.6 billion individuals count on the forest for its benefits, this is not something you want to continue to affect in a negative manner when it is avoidable. Instead of using wood for your addition, use metal.
Bringing In Better Light
Do not make the mistake of assuming that a prefab metal building is not going to allow you the option of using affordable or natural lighting. Even if your prefab building does not come with any sunroofs in place, you can easily have a contractor put some in for you. You will also want to go green by using compact fluorescent lighting throughout your metal building. They not only use less energy, but they are not going to cause your metal building to heat up as much as it would if you used the cheaper, low quality bulbs.
Starting Out Slow
The prefab metal building can be a great addition because you can start making use of it once it is delivered and attached to the main portion of the building. You do not have to wait to make upgrades before using it. It is ready to go as-is, but there is plenty of room for cosmetic improvements as your time and finances allow. You can start slow by adding drywall and insulation. Then add carpeting or vinyl flooring in order to give the addition a softer feel. The options are really endless and you could let this be a project that you will work on only when you want, since there is no real reason to rush.
With all of this in mind, you are going to be able to see that there truly are many benefits to using a metal prefab building for your addition.
Road Trip! How to Choose the Greenest Vehicle for Your Growing Family
When you have a growing family, it often feels like you’re in this weird bubble that exists outside of mainstream society. Whereas everyone else seemingly has stability, your family dynamic is continuously in flux. Having said that, is it even possible to buy an eco-friendly vehicle that’s also practical?
What to Look for in a Green, Family-Friendly Vehicle?
As a single person or young couple without kids, it’s pretty easy to buy a green vehicle. Almost every leading car brand has eco-friendly options these days and you can pick from any number of options. The only problem is that most of these models don’t work if you have kids.
Whether it’s a Prius or Smart car, most green vehicles are impractical for large families. You need to look for options that are spacious, reliable, and comfortable – both for passengers and the driver.
5 Good Options
As you do your research and look for different opportunities, it’s good to have an open mind. Here are some of the greenest options for growing families:
1. 2014 Chrysler Town and Country
Vans are not only popular for the room and comfort they offer growing families, but they’re also becoming known for their fuel efficiency. For example, the 2014 Chrysler Town and Country – which was one of CarMax’s most popular minivans of 2017 – has Flex Fuel compatibility and front wheel drive. With standard features like these, you can’t do much better at this price point.
2. 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
If you’re looking for a newer van and are willing to spend a bit more, you can go with Chrysler’s other model, the Pacifica. One of the coolest features of the 2017 model is the hybrid drivetrain. It allows you to go up to 30 miles on electric, before the vehicle automatically switches over to the V6 gasoline engine. For short trips and errands, there’s nothing more eco-friendly in the minivan category.
3. 2018 Volkswagen Atlas
Who says you have to buy a minivan when you have a family? Sure, the sliding doors are nice, but there are plenty of other options that are both green and spacious. The new Volkswagen Atlas is a great choice. It’s one of the most fuel-efficient third-row vehicles on the market. The four-cylinder model gets an estimated 26 mpg highway.
4. 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
While a minivan or SUV is ideal – and necessary if you have more than two kids – you can get away with a roomy sedan when you still have a small family. And while there are plenty of eco-friendly options in this category, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is arguably the biggest bang for your buck. It gets 38 mpg on the highway and is incredibly affordable.
5. 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Diesel
If money isn’t an object and you’re able to spend any amount to get a good vehicle that’s both comfortable and eco-friendly, the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Diesel is your car. Not only does it get 28 mpg highway, but it can also be equipped with a third row of seats and a diesel engine. And did we mention that this car looks sleek?
Putting it All Together
You have a variety of options. Whether you want something new or used, would prefer an SUV or minivan, or want something cheap or luxurious, there are plenty of choices on the market. The key is to do your research, remain patient, and take your time. Don’t get too married to a particular transaction, or you’ll lose your leverage.
You’ll know when the right deal comes along, and you can make a smart choice that’s functional, cost-effective, and eco-friendly.
How Climate Change Altered this Engineer’s Life
Living the life of an engineer likely sounds pretty glamorous: you are educated and highly regarded, typically have high paying gigs, and with the breadth of knowledge and array of fields of specialty, your possibility for jobs is usually immense. But what if there was something else that needed your attention? Something bigger than just being an engineer, going to work every day and doing the same technical tasks typically associated with the profession?
For Kevin McCroary, that is exactly how it played out. A successful engineer, gainfully employed in a prosperous job, a simple trip to the Philippines made him see that there was a bigger issue at hand than using his engineer training in a traditional profession. This bigger issue was that of climate change. And working as a volunteer for underprivileged children in the Philippines, he saw first-hand the extensive pollution and poverty that existed here and that impacted the livelihood of these kids and their families.
Upon returning home, from his trip to the Philippines he had a new perspective of the impact we as individuals and as humanity have on the earth, and more than that Kevin wanted to know more. He started to do some research and study these human-environmental interactions, and shortly thereafter ended up in Greenland. There, he spoke to a man who had lost his home in a tsunami, and, who, through consistent weather tracking could indeed confirm that the current weather trends were “strange:” there was undeniably a general warming tendency happening in the arctic, causing an array of negative effects.
The combination of these observations, as well as his own research, led Kevin to conclude that something had to be done. With that in mind, he launched his project Legend Bracelet. The mission is simple: create a reminder of the legacy we are leaving behind. As individuals and as humanity, we are leaving behind an imprint on the earth, and the magnitude of it is something that needs to be brought to the forefront of public awareness. The idea is to have a bracelet that can serve as a daily reminder of the impact on the earth that each of us can have every day, regardless of how big or small. The bracelet has two capsules: the first is filled with sand or earth, and the second is empty. As the owner, you are to fill the empty one with your own earth, carrying it with you as a reminder and symbol of your connection and commitment to helping look after our environment.
We are all impacted by climate change, and we all have a responsibility to help. And it can start with something as simple as putting on a bracelet. Support Kevin on his Kickstarter campaign for Legend Bracelet, tell others about it, or take action in your own way and play your part in slowing down the effects of climate change. You may think “but I’m just one person!” You are indeed. But so is he. Every change starts with one.
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