Remodeling association offers top 10 ways to remodel green

National Association of the Remodeling Industry shows how easy going green can be

DES PLAINES—Remodeling a home green is easier than you think. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is celebrating the launch of its Green Remodeling program by educating homeowners about the following reasons to go green:

Lowers energy consumption;

Reduces operating costs in the home by increasing efficiency;

Conserves natural resources;

Increases the value of the home;

Improves indoor air quality and, in turn, overall health;

Reduces waste and emissions;

Lowers pollution, causing less harm to the environment;

Increases productivity of occupants;

Improves quality of life and raises comfort; and

Saves money.

Green remodeling can be done in small ways and doesn’t necessarily have to encompass the entire home. It’s easy to pick and choose elements that fit each particular homeowner.

The following are the top 10 ways to implement green into your home:

1. Use non-toxic paints and sealants

2. Install programmable thermostats

3. Invest in energy-efficient appliances

4. Install natural flooring

5. Use local building materials

6. Choose natural fiber rugs and fabrics

7. Select recycled material roof shingles and tiles

8. Specify energy-efficient lighting

9. Insulate your hot water pipes

10. Landscape with native plants

NARI members represent a select group from the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as professional remodelers.

The remodeling market, projected to be a $291.5 billion industry in the U.S. in 2006, is expected to continue to experience significant growth. It is estimated that more than a million homes per year undergo major renovation or remodeling.

NARI is a professional association whose members voluntarily subscribe to a strict code of ethics. Consumers may wish to search to find a qualified professional who is a member of NARI.

Consumers can also call the NARI National hotline at 800-611-NARI and request a free copy of NARI’s brochure, “How to Select a Remodeling Professional,” or visit and click on the homeowner’s guide for more information.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only trade association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. With more than 7,400 member companies nationwide, the Association—based in Des Plaines—is “The Voice of the Remodeling Industry.” For membership information, or to locate a local NARI chapter or a remodeling professional, visit NARI’s Web site at, or contact the national headquarters office at 800-611-NARI.

from the May 2-8, 2007, issue

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