Remodeling a home is possibly one of the highest levels of “green.” It is one of the best sustainable housing initiatives around. While researching the remodeling industry I came across the website dubbed, Home for Life. The site includes a wealth of resources that explain opportunities to upgrade an existing home’s energy and resource efficiency to reduce environmental impact. The website is a product of Remodeling Magazine, a Hanley Wood publication.
Below is a list of remodeling resources from “Home for Life” that are geared toward baby boomers considering a remodeling project for their home with energy efficiency in mind:
Articles by Carl Seville
Energy and green-remodeling expert Carl Seville has written several articles on the topic for REMODELING magazine. Here is a selection Carl Seville REMODELING ARTICLES
How to Go Green: Home Renovation
Planet Green and The Discovery Channel, great insight and tips for improving a home’s resource efficiency and performance.
The Daily Green
Several resources for going green: 5 Simple Money-Saving Green Remodeling Ideas
Get Green Remodeling Certified
National and regional certification programs provide education for the finer points of green remodeling; and, legitimize a contractor’s claims.
I believe contractors with “green” knowledge” are already being sought by educated baby boomers. Energy costs keep going up and as they do so builders with energy efficiency training will be in higher demand than your traditional builders and remodeling contractors. They’ll surely have a competitive edge in the market place as the public continues to become more educated on the long-term cost savings as well as the fact that many green products no longer cost much more, if more at all when all things are considered, than traditional products used in the remodeling industry – Greg Magnus
This site compares the average cost for 35 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale. To display data for one of nine regions, click a state on the map or choose a region from the drop-down list. To display city data, choose a region, then choose a city from the region map or from the drop-down list. Click the Download button to download a PDF with city data. Click on a project name to see a description of that project and a 3-D model. Sort any column by clicking on the column header. For more information, visit: Remodeling 2011-12 Cost vs. Value Report.
- Adapt a home for aging in place
- Incorporate universal design into any renovation
- Lower a home’s heating and cooling costs for years through energy-efficient home improvements, products and replacements
- Save money and hassle over time through choosing low-maintenance materials and products with long lifecycles
Our goal for the REMODELING Home for Life virtual tour is to shed light on what baby boomers and remodelers will need to consider to adapt homes for the retirement years, including universal design strategies, lowered operating costs, and durable, low-maintenance products and systems,‖ said Sal Alfano, editorial director of REMODELING. ―We have brought together experts in remodeling design, active adult lifestyle, energy and resource efficiency, and universal design to create Home for Life.