Ep.94: Improving Your Bottom Line with Green Upgrades with Doug Selby
Many of your customers will pay more for items that improve the health, comfort, and efficiency of their homes. As one of the few things that pay for themselves over time, green upgrades can also boost your average project revenue and make you stand out in your market.
In this episode, Doug Selby talks to Victoria and Mark about how green upgrades can improve your remodeling company’s bottom line.
Doug is a co-founder of Meadowlark Design+Build in Ann Arbor, MI, and recently graduated from the CEO role to to focus on long-term strategy and act as the company’s sustainability director. Doug is a building science expert and helped Meadowlark build a reputation in its community for quality of construction and leadership in ecological housing issues.
Meadowlark was started with an ecological focus from its very beginning. Doug and his business partner, Kirk Brandon, studied primitive living and how to survive off the grid. While they may cost a little bit more upfront, green upgrades pay for themselves over time, he says, and focusing on ecologically conscious remodeling and construction can be a great business decision. He talks about what it means to Meadowlark’s business and clients, including:
- How it helped the company grow during the recession
- Getting media attention naturally
- Losing less, using less, and then producing
- Insulation and systems
- Why solar’s literally the last thing he looks at
- Air-quality issues
- Talking to homeowners about green tactics and methods
- Presenting it the right way
- And more …
Including the benefits of going where other businesses aren’t, and how ecologically conscious building and remodeling can set you apart in your own market.