GOING GREEN WITH STYLE:
Remodeling offers an opportunity to enhance energy savings and add environmentally friendly components to a home. A remodeler that is qualified as a certified green professional (CGP) or a certified graduate remodeler (CGR) can help homeowners with the necessary information to help move toward a greener sustainability.
Homeowners: Remodeling Green with Style
by Allen Gryphon
As seen in the Houston Chronicle, January 15, 2010
As consumers, we are becoming increasingly interested in the green movement, and many of us are unsure about where to start. Homeowners recognize the financial benefit that comes with energy efficiency and realize it is environmentally responsible.
However, green is a mystery to most people and understanding the options, as well as how to implement them, usually requires the help of an expert.
Remodeling your home can be stressful. Add to that getting your head around what steps you can take to be green, the payoffs and the tax advantages, and it's easy to become overwhelmed. Therefore, it is important to hire a remodeler that is qualified either as a certified green professional (CGP) or as a certified graduate remodeler (CGR). Homeowners using a builder with both or either of these certifications are sure to receive the necessary information to help choose what they are willing to do to move toward a greener sustainability.
For most of us, the primary reason to consider green remodeling is the cost of operating a home on a daily basis. Energy efficiency means lower bills, which equals a financial return on your investment. The reality is home-operation costs can be a taxing responsibility, so if you are looking to save money in the future, consider green alternatives for your remodel project.
These are the recommended options to discuss with your builder to figure out what works best for you.
- HVAC system
- Windows and doors
- Solid-surface floors
- Water delivery/usage
- Low VOC materials
- Recycle waste
Incorporating green into your remodel project is as simple as understanding what changes you can make that will positively affect the comfort of your house, give you a greater return and diminish your impact on the environment.