The National Association of
Home Builders reports that a recently completed remodeling project in Munster, Ind.,
is the first home remodel to earn certification under the National Green
1,100-square-foot ranch home built in 1974 was renovated by Lyng Builders, a
Franklin, Ill., custom home building and remodeling company, after floodwaters
filled the basement as well as 2 feet of the first floor.
to NAHB, Lyng Builders worked within a tight budget to repair substantial
structural damage, and also persuaded homeowner Steve Holcomb
to make energy- and water-saving improvements. It also urged he obtain national
green certification through the NAHB
which trains and accredits third-party inspectors.
projects to be certified, remodelers must address a range of factors, including
energy, resource and water efficiency, and indoor environmental quality in the
newly renovated home.
Builders upgraded the heating and cooling system, installed a high-efficiency
water heater, selected Energy Star®-rated appliances, added wall and pipe
insulation, and thoroughly sealed the home against air and energy leaks to produce
an estimated 49 percent decrease in energy consumption from the pre-remodeled
reduce water waste, the company replaced the faucets and toilets with hi-efficiency
fixtures that should help the homeowners use about 20 percent less water.
The home was also equipped with a programmable thermostat,
a power-vented attic fan, and a programmed exhaust mechanism for efficient
conditioning and ventilation.
111 million existing homes, remodeling these energy and water guzzlers must be
a top priority to achieve a more efficient housing stock," stated NAHB
Chairman Joe Robson
, a builder and developer in Tulsa, Okla.
says more than 1,500 new homes, renovation projects and subdivisions are in the
scoring process for the standard at www.nahbgreen.org
, the online home of the NAHB
National Green Building Program.
certification of this remodeled home in Indiana
demonstrates NAHB’s leadership on green remodeling and the benefits homeowners
can enjoy with a more efficient home," said Robson.
more about green remodeling from NAHB Remodelers at www.nahb.org/remodel