Green Remodeling 101

From Coral Nafie,

It’s hip to be green. And remodeling a home green is easier than you think.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has launched its Green Remodeling educational program, offering remodeling contractors across the country a unique opportunity to incorporate cost-saving and earth-sustaining green concepts into their clients’ homes.

It is estimated that more than a million homes per year undergo major renovation or remodeling.

NARI is a professional association whose members voluntarily subscribe to a strict code of ethics. The association has submitted the following information for publication:

  • What is Green Remodeling?
    • NARI’s approach to teaching Green Remodeling is an all-encompassing approach that emphasizes making a home healthy, comfortable, and efficient. Consideration is given to indoor air quality, energy conservation, resource conservation, reduced material waste, and the use of products that are better for the environment (and for people).
  • Why Go Green?
    • It’s easier on the earth, it lowers costs, and it provides a healthier home in which to live. According to the Sustainable Building Industry Council (SBIC), housing alone consumes 20% of America’s energy.
    • Homeowners who choose to remodel green can lower their energy consumption by 30-50%. It’s widely agreed that forests produce 40% of Earth’s oxygen, and that building supplies use 25% of its forests.
    • Remodeling green by incorporating recycled materials or sustainable species will help homeowners to tread more lightly on Earth’s natural resources.
    • Green remodeling is becoming more popular as homeowners consider health issues, skyrocketing energy costs and Earth’s natural resources.

NARI President Everett Collier, CR states, “Remodeling Green offers every homeowner the opportunity to reduce home energy demands, lessen home maintenance costs, and increase comfort. Re modelers are increasingly exploring green remodeling principles for their overall value for their clients and for the sake of the environment.”

The new Green Program at NARI helps re modelers do just that. “If a remodeling contractor seeks to develop knowledge and skill in the area of green remodeling,” says the Chair of the Green Education Sub-Committee, Chris Donatelli, CR, CKBR, “the NARI Green program will help realize those goals. This program thoroughly educates the contractor who desires to focus on environmentally friendly remodels.”