Sunday, June 22, 2008

"Green" remodeling for older homes

As we plan our bath and kitchen remodeling projects, we are trying to incorporate as many environmentally friendly aspects as possible to the design and selection of materials. This may include a sun-tube for day lighting, looking for tile that is produced and transported with conservation and recycling in mind, finding recycled countertop and flooring materials, and requiring that our contractor recycle as much removed material as possible. Quoted from the new website,, "The American Society of Interior Designers’ Foundation and the U.S. Green Building Council have partnered on the development of best practice guidelines and targeted educational resources for sustainable residential improvement projects." Check the site to download the guidelines. Renovation tips can be found at the USGBC site Contractors who work in remodeling can become certified in environmentally friendly construction practices. Asking contractors if they have any of these designations can encourage them to get the training, as they perceive consumer interest:
  1. Green Advantage has an education program, completion of which confers GA Certification
  2. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) issues the Certified Green Professional designation
  3. National Association of the Remodeling Industry education program can confer a Green Certified Professional designation.

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful and useful blog! I admire your efforts, and I'm sure your blog will be a valuable source of information and services for the entire area. Good luck!