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McKernon Workplace

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As a full-service Vermont construction company, we are mindful of the importance of making a difference in our environment by using green products and techniques and we have done so for well over twenty years. We believe in the preservation of land and water, the improvement of indoor air quality, and the promotion of resource conservation. For example, while others are just now using spray foam insulation, we first applied this on one of our own projects in 1968! New environmentally sound and energy efficient products are emerging frequently; we constantly evaluate these and incorporate the most responsible and cost-effective ones into our designs and renovation work.Our work starts with a thorough evaluation of the proposed site with consideration for passive solar heat gain, potential wind breaks from the north, prevailing winds, and snow loads. This is especially important in Vermont construction and affects the general design elements such as size and placement of windows, type of roof system, and general orientation of the structure.

Active green building components we commonly employ include the use of insulated concrete foundation forms that result in a cooler house in the summer months and warmer in winter; sprayed urethane foam insulation that creates the tightest building envelope possible, a draft-free interior, and enhanced structural integrity; heat recovery systems developed to efficiently provide fresh air to the interior without substantial heat loss; high performance lighting; energy star rated appliances and numerous other environmentally sound products. In short, we strive to eek out as much efficiency as possible for our clients.

We have the “know how” and resources to offer the latest in off-grid energy sources to provide as much of your energy needs as you desire. We install photovoltaic and solar hot water systems routinely and have successfully installed various types of geothermal ground source heat recovery systems as well. We stay in tune with the latest technology and urge our clients to consider all of these to minimize their “footprint” on our environment.

Building and renovating a home or business is one of the most satisfying experiences you will ever undertake. It is important to choose a company that has a history of success, is financially sound, has versatile building experience and one who will provide you with excellent customer service.

We combine old materials with up-to-the-minute energy efficient technologies and have perfected the art of renovating old buildings. The end results are modern, spacious, light-filled and colorful office buildings and homes with a patina of age and history. We reuse whenever possible.

Working with a large staff, we have the capacity to build a quality home with speed and skill in any season. We have experienced Project Managers who oversee the building process ensuring a seamless process that eliminates costly mistakes. We offer the latest products and systems that are sustainable in their efficiency and economy.

We recognize your individual needs and tastes and work with you to achieve that vision.  As a Vermont construction company, the relationships we share with our clients are a testament of our commitment to customer service.