Green Remodeling Checklist – Part 1

By administrator On March 10th, 2009

So you want to go green? Practice green remodeling, okay. Here’s a handy checklist for you to follow.

• If you are planning on some landscape remodeling then your key concern should be to conserve topsoil and the existing plants. You should draw a line regarding the extent of construction and also things like heavy equipment and cars running over the topsoil. If for some reason the topsoil has to be moved then you can use it for any paving that you may be planning.

• Plan ahead, you need to plan and visualize a green remodeled home. If you take green remodeling decisions as the construction happens then you will not be able to consider in depth the various choices regarding design and material, cost considerations, better energy use and water efficiency. A design decision has direct cost implications and therefore you need to plan in advance.

• Look for green building materials and try to eliminate hazardous materials. A green product should improve the energy efficiency of a home, it should save water, it should not offgas harmful chemicals after installation, it’s durability should be good, is it made from recycled materials, check if it is manufactured in an environment-friendly manner.

• Consider deconstructing a house instead of demolishing it. Deconstruction may take a little more time but you can salvage valuable building materials that can be contributed to charities. This could get you valuable tax deductions.

• A good way to proceed with a green remodel is to look at things from the perspective of reducing, recycling, and reusing. Materials that can be salvaged include doors, door knobs, windows, countertops, cabinets, window grills, light bulbs, sinks, bricks and so much more. And when you design your new home, you should design for deconstruction. Consider screwing instead of gluing.

• A neat green remodeling trick is to use flyash instead of Portland cement. Portland cement can also be replaced with slag. Flyash is a byproduct of coal-burning in power plants whereas slag comes from the steel industry. Flyash and slag improve strength and improve corrosion resistance of steel. Cement production is highly energy intensive and accounts for around 6% of global carbon dioxide emissions.

• A green remodel should improve the ventilation and insulation of your house in a natural cost-effective manner. Sunlight should be allowed to enter during winter and blocked during summer. The house and the windows should be oriented such that you get maximum benefit from passive solar heating.

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