Bay Area Green Builders, Remodeling Contractors, eco-friendly new home construction


Bill Fry Build It Green Member

Bay Area Green Builder & Remodeling Contractor, Bill Fry, offers Green Building Choices for your Eco Home

Bill Fry is a Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP) through Build-It-Green. He passed the certification exam with a score of 99%. Bill has the knowledge and experience to provide homeowners with informed green building choices for maximizing economic and environmental performance.

Many cities have green building requirements for new home construction and home remodeling remodeling; other cities are about to introduce a green building checklist. The Wm. H. Fry Construction Company can streamline your project through these new regulations and provide you with options to surpass them (so your home will be current in the future).

To support green-building practices on eco-friendly new home construction and home improvement projects, the Wm. H. Fry Construction Company joined Build It Green, a non-profit organization that promotes healthy, energy-efficient and resource-efficient buildings.

Bay Area EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm, RRP, Renovate, Repair, Paint



Bay Area Remodeling Contractor, is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm (RRP: Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule)

As required by law, for remodeling homes built prior to 1978, the Wm. H. Fry Construction Company is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm (Certification #NAT-46691-1).
Learn more about lead-safe Bay Area green remodeling and the
RRP Rule training (Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule).

energy efficient plan for my home



Energy Saving Tips from the California Code of Regulations,
Title 24 (part 6) Energy Requirements

The Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings, commonly referred to as Title 24, are designed to reduce California's energy consumption. As part of their green building ordinance, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, all of San Mateo County (i.e.., Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside), and others have chosen to exceed these energy standards. Some cities also reward homeowners for exceeding Green Point Rating scores with expedited permit processing and guaranteed building inspection scheduling. By further exceeding the mandatory measures of Title 24, you can plan even more energy saving strategies to increase energy efficiency (e.g., Title 24 lighting, Energy Star appliances) or promote energy conservation (e.g., efficient windows, higher R-value insulation).

Bill Fry recommends Green Building Book



Bill Fry works with RECLAIM of Menlo Park Interior Design Team

RECLAIM, healthy green home store in Menlo Park, was our interior design partner on an eco-friendly remodel in Palo Alto. Green decisions were made every step of the way from design, to deconstruction, to construction, to cleanup, and finally to furniture. RECLAIM's owner, Bridget Biscotti Bradley authored: The Green Home: A Sunset Design Guide.

Learn more about the Palo Alto green remodel that exceeded the City of Palo Alto Home Remodeling Green Building Checklist.

Bay Area Green Custom Cabinetmaker Crafting Green Cabinets

Green Kitchen Cabinets built with FSC Forestry Stewardship Council Wood Products and PureBond by Columbia Forest Products

Non-VOC,no VOC, non-toxic non-fomaldehyde, green custom cabinetry



Green Custom Cabinets for Kitchen, Bath, & Home Office: for the Environment and your Health (formaldehyde free and no VOC)


We provide our clients with numerous green choices for custom cabinetry, either built to our specifications by one of our partners or in our own custom cabinet shop. There are a number of considerations for building a greener cabinet, such as: Is it local? Is it sustainable? Is it renewable? Is it healthy?

FSC certified labeling (Forest Stewardship Council) ensures that products have been responsibly forested. Almost everything made from wood and other forest products is available with the FSC label. At the same time, many sustainably produced products do not have FSC labeling.

Adhesives in pressed wood products (e.g., hardwood plywood) that contain urea-formaldehyde (UF) resins affect indoor air quality and take years to off-gas. The California Air Quality Resources Board (CARB) is instituting more stringent regulations. And we can exceed these by recommending NAUF (no added urea formaldehyde) products for casework. For a nominal increase in material cost, we purchase PureBond® by Columbia Forest Products. Their website provides comprehensive information on soy-based resins and the benefits of "formaldehyde-free" construction. Columbia Forest Products has admitted the Wm. H. Fry Construction Company to their PureBond® Fabricators Network.

Many finishes contain VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds. Low-VOC, non-VOC, and non-toxic finishes are available. As compared with formaldehyde, VOCs from finishes take a relatively short time to off-gas. For wet applications, until the technology improves, such as a high-use bathroom custom cabinetry, we recommend "conventional" finishes for our custom cabinetry.

Formaldehyde Free Construction: Columbia Forest Products Purebond

Columbia Forest Products Profiles in Quality: Wm. H. Fry Construction Company

San Francisco Bay Area Green Builder uses Solar Panels



Conclusions about Green Building and Green Home Remodeling

It is easy and cost-effective to go green by making simple design and purchasing decisions. Many of our projects, both remodels and new home construction, include passive and active approaches to green building, such as the reduction of energy consumption and the use of sustainable and renewable sources. The solar panels on this garage roof resulted in a near-zero electric bill for the owners of this 6000 square-foot Bay Area new custom home in Saratoga. This home also features a Heat Recovery Ventilator System (HRV) which improves indoor air quality.

Learn more about green building on the green building section of our blog, "The Contractor's Wife."