Simple Steps to Greener Living

Remodeling a home usually produces a large amount of construction waste. According to the EPA, this results in 136 million tons of waste annually, which equates to 20% of the waste in landfills.

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May 26, 2010

Green Remodeling

Smash, crash, boom,
Fixing up a room,
Do the right thing,
Use green remodeling!

Green Your Scene

If you are currently remodeling your home or plan to in the future, it is cost effective and environmentally responsible to integrate green elements into your projects. By green remodeling your home, you will make it more healthy, comfortable, and efficient. It also provides homeowners with the unique opportunity to greatly reduce their energy costs.

  • Responsible Demolition & Disposal - By reducing, reusing, and recycling materials generated from construction and demolition, you can cut down costs and reduce landfill waste. 85% to 90% of materials thrown out can be recycled!
  • Energy Conservation - Utilize energy-efficient appliances, designs, and products such as programmable thermostats and lighting. Green remodeling can reduce your energy consumption by 30-50% or more.
  • Indoor Air Quality - There are many sources that contribute to the overall air quality of a home. You can ensure good air quality by installing proper ventilation systems and by using nontoxic wood, paint, and sealants.
  • Use of Green Products & Practices - Remodeling can have many negative impacts, including pollution from building materials/chemicals and disturbances to the surrounding landscape. Use environmentally safe, sustainable, and nontoxic products and practices.

NARI is a comprehensive site devoted to responsible green remodeling.

EPA offers resources for recycling and conservation of different building materials.


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