New Guidelines Launched for Green Home Remodeling

March 26, 2008

The American Society of Interior Designers Foundation and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched new guidelines for green remodeling of residential properties in mid-March. The new "REGREEN" guidelines are organized by the ten most common remodeling projects and can be applied to a wide variety of projects, from remodeling a kitchen to a full-scale home renovation. The guidelines are accompanied by case studies and address the major elements of any green renovation project, including the home's location, green building materials, and the project's impacts on energy efficiency, water efficiency, and indoor environmental quality. According to the USGBC, additional electronic resources will be available online starting in early summer, with a comprehensive educational lineup for the interior design, contractor, and consumer to follow. See the USGBC press release (PDF 85 KB) and download the REGREEN guidelines and other materials from the USGBC's Green Home Guide Web site. Download Adobe Reader.

A new report from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) concludes that promoting the green design, construction, renovation, and operation of buildings could cut North American greenhouse gas emissions more deeply, quickly, and cheaply than any other available measure. The CEC was established by Canada, the United States, and Mexico to build cooperation on environmental issues in North America. The CEC report notes that North America's buildings cause the annual release of more than 2,200 megatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, or about 35% of the continent's total carbon emissions. The report concludes that the rapid deployment of currently available and emerging energy efficiency technologies could avoid 1,700 megatons of annual carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. See the CEC press release and the full report (PDF 2.1 MB).