Written by bloggers from the Center for American Progress
For many homeowners the idea of renovating a house, especially in an energy-efficient manner, can be somewhat daunting. But don’t despair. Your home can be comfortable, livable, and green. Here are five simple tips to help you start your green home renovation.
1. Get a green contractor. Consider hiring a contractor with a broad depth of knowledge about green home renovations. A green contractor is trained to make sure that your home will be “energy-, water-, and resource-efficient.” In the best-case scenario, find yourself a green contractor guru. Two such masters exist: One is a contractor designated a Master Builder by the Energy and Environmental Building Association, and the other is a Certified Remodeler, certified as such by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. To find a green contractor near you check out the Green Buildings Professional Search from Sustainable Sources, this list of the top 100 green contractors by Engineering News Record, or this page of homebuilder resources from the U.S. Green Building Council. (Bonus: Take a look at this video put together by the USGBC on the benefits of having a LEED-certified home.)
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