From Dean Dowd on March 19, 2008 in Green Remodeling
At the end of last year, the U.S. Green Business Council (USGBC) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) were busy drafting REGREEN, a handbook of sustainable practice guidelines focusing on existing buildings as opposed to new construction. Now, REGREEN 2008 is available free to assist homeowners with green remodeling plans. Download it from the USGBCs Green Home Guide website. Heres a preview of whats awaiting you.
- The guidelines address everything from site assessment to water efficiency, energy usage, indoor air quality, and materials and resources.
- Use the guidelines to inform a host of home improvement projects in every part of the home.
- Use the guidelines yourself or have your contractor read them and apply them.
- Use the REGREEN website to learn what makes green products green.
- Find numerous strategies to approach your environmental topic, and find case studies of successful examples.
Renovating using REGREEN guidelines can cost the same, or even less, than a typical home renovation. In addition, making your home green comes with multiple rewards. You can make an immediate difference in the environment, enjoy a healthier home, and save money operating it.
Are you in the midst of a green remodeling project? Want to share the results of green renovation? Use our comments feature to share your stories with homeowners just like you. Good luck and happy regreening!