Ryan & Ryan Construction, Inc. Industry Info

(650) 588-0547
423 Littlefield Ave
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Gary Ryan (L) and Chad Ryan founded Ryan & Ryan Construction in 1985.
When looking for a contracting firm, make sure it’s certified in the specialties required for your specific project.

Certification is available for a variety of industry aspects, including lead and mold remediation, thermography (infrared light analysis for leaks and insulation issues), estimating and inspections, and cleanup and restoration. If you’re remodeling your bathroom to be more environmentally friendly, for example, it’s important to hire a company with experience in Green construction methods. Some firms have close relationships with suppliers and can help ensure the right appliances, materials and equipment are available when needed.

Just as living Green involves more than having a heightened awareness of one’s own impact on the environment, finding a Green builder involves more than simply hiring a contractor who promises to be environmentally friendly. There are several important factors to consider when choosing a Green builder for your home:

1. Ask to examine the types of materials your contractor will use in constructing or reconstructing your home. Not only should you examine the final products you’ll use on an everyday basis (appliances and so forth), but also the materials that will go into constructing your home. It’s not enough to simply buy a few appliances that promise to be Green; it’s more important to ensure everything used by your Green builder is designed to have a minimal impact on the environment. Some examples of Green supplies include remanufactured or recycled wood, energy-efficient appliances that may also be constructed of remanufactured or recycled parts, and material that’s designed to not cause environmental harm if it breaks down.

2. Ask to examine the methods your contractor will use when constructing or reconstructing your home. Specifically, you’ll want to watch for wasteful or harmful behavior by either the builder or his hired crew. Do they minimize the amount of energy used when working on your home? How are excess products handled? If a hazardous substance can’t be avoided, how is it approached or disposed of? Ask your builder to walk you through his construction process step by step to determine if he’s truly observing Green building principles.

3. Find out if your home is being constructed in accordance with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification principles. The LEED rating system includes parameters for measuring the sustainability of Green building, both in new and existing structures. Does your builder follow LEED standards, which is the nationally accepted benchmark for determining if construction is truly Green?