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Green Home Remodeling Trends Are Embraced by Minneapolis Homeowners

Minneapolis, Minnesota (PRWEB) February 12, 2013

Green home remodeling trends are on the uptick according to American Housing summary by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University recently released study. Findings are that luxury homeowners and those who hire professional remodelers are more likely to install energy-efficient products and services in their existing homes. However, do-it-yourself homeowners can research and closely follow the study's finding to often achieve the same green results.

Home Destination'sowner Jenna Thuening says, “Many Minneapolis homeowners ready to embrace greener homes ask about the costs of green home remodeling. Think of it this way, it is an inexpensive alternative to offer your family to reduce their risk of lung cancer, or other health risks that exist in many previously owned homes. Green home improvements often are less costly to maintain, and certainly can prevent future high medical costs that may be incurred without making necessary home upgrades”.

While energy efficiency is a high priority, homeowners additionally show a growing interest in responsible environmental sustainability. Harvard's recent survey of home remodeling contractors indicated that high-efficiency toilets, low- or no-VOC paints, and mold resistant gypsum wall panels are among the most popular green products used in green home remodeling projects. “In 2012, the share of remodeling revenues from projects promoting environmental sustainability (24 percent) approached the share from projects designed to increase energy efficiency (32 percent).” according to the housing study results.

“Most homeowners green remodeling projects achieve multiple goals, and they benefit from a higher quality of home-life as well,” adds Thuening.

A green home remodel is intentional to reduce health related problems caused or aggravated by mold, radon, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and toxic chemicals (Volatile Organic Compounds). To achieve superior indoor air quality to protect families, a home remodeler will pay very close attention to a home’s moisture control systems, active radon management, building materials and finishing products installed. HVAC systems (heating, ventilating, air conditioning and filtration) and combustion venting systems are a few to mention. Remodeling a home with a green-friendly goal is forward thinking that a healthy home is all about protecting the health and welfare of the household.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) surveyed home builders in a study to determine how widely used green home remodeling is across the Unites States. Here is Home Destination's summary of the most recent findings:

  • 87% of home remodelers surveyed by NAHB already incorporate low-emissivity green energy efficient windows into home remodeling projects

  • 70% determine how much insulation and home needs and then upgrade existing home insulation to recommended R-levels.
  • 60% install argon gas windows to create higher air quality in a home and to create a light-filled home that leans less on turning a light on.
  • Over 80% of remodelers use alternatives to dimension lumber to minimize the amount of lumber taken from old-growth forests, such as recycling from previous structures and using engineered lumber.
  • 86% install Energy Star

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