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Green Building Remodeling Guides

Overview

What is green home remodel, and why consider one?  It's an approach to home imporovement that not only makes your home look better, but also work better - all the while saving you money on utilities, adding value, and enhancing your health and the environment.  Click HERE to download the Overview Guide.  It explains how this works, what a green remodel can look like and provides you with helpful project tips.

Bath & Laundry Guide

Bathrooms today are both refuge and a place utilitarian tasks.  They use large amounts of water and energy .  Click HERE for the Bath & Laundry Guide to help you make important decisions on fixtures, flooring and more.

Kitchen Guide

The kitchen is the heart of the home.  As a room subjected to daily heavy use, careful consideration during your remodeling project can ensure it's durable, efficient and safe as well as welcoming and comfortable. Click HERE to download the Kitchen Guide which examines everything from countertops to cabinetry.

Painting Guide

A new coat of paint can enliven tired walls and project surfaces, but the wrong paint can compromise air quality indoors or cause smog outdoors.  Paint projects can also release health hazards such as leaded paint dust into the environment.  Click HERE for the Painting Guide to learn how to choose paints that accomplish these goals along with protecting air quality and reducing exposure to toxic hazards.

Lighting Guide

Lighting is a crucial component of a comfortable, safe, attractive and efficient home.  Often even with "green" homes little consideration is given to lighting design.  Misconceptions regarding the inferiority of efficient lighting are still common.  Click HERE for the Lighting Guide to learn about efficient lighting which comes in a variety of styles and functionalities to help create flexibilty for designers and homeowners.

Landscape Materials Guide

Your landscape is an essential part of the way your home presents itself to the world.  Selecting materials that are low maintenance, non-toxic and kind to the environment is one way to support and promote green building.  Click HERE for the Landscape Materials Guide for more tips on landscape elements from pathways to pergolas.

Roofing Guide

A roof provides essential protection to the rest of your housing investment.  Beyond shielding your home from the elements, the choices you make when replacing your roof can help protect the environment and your pocketbook.  Click HERE to download the Roofing Guide.

Salvage & Re-Use Guide

Remodeling projects often yield materials that can be valuable in your project or to someone else.  Additionally, used building materials and architectural salvage from other projects can be readily incorporated into yours.  Click HERE for the Salvage & Re-Use Guide.

Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Guide

This guide provides step-by-step instructions for identifying and improving your home's energy efficiency.  A diligent tour of your home with this guide will help you determine how well your home currently operates and what upgrades are needed to improve it's energy performance.  Click HERE to download the guide.

For more information about how and why to build green, click HERE.

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