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 Building Standard.
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 homeownerSteve Holcombto 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
ChairmanJoe 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 atwww.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 atwww.nahb.org/remodel.
First Remodeled Home Certified to National Green Building Standard
May 21, 2009