Got Green?

With consumer awareness of environmental issues and energy conservation at an all-time high, the market for green remodeling is expanding rapidly. We dedicated this issue to finding out where the industry stands with regard to green. Our green remodeling survey results (page 20) reveal that more remodelers than ever are making green at least a small part of their business; many have made it the...

August 31, 2007
Sidebars:
"What is Green?"

Michael R. Morris
Editor in Chief

With consumer awareness of environmental issues and energy conservation at an all-time high, the market for green remodeling is expanding rapidly. We dedicated this issue to finding out where the industry stands with regard to green. Our green remodeling survey results (page 20) reveal that more remodelers than ever are making green at least a small part of their business; many have made it their main focus.

Whichever side of the green line you're on, we'd like to hear your comments. I recently wrote in my blog (www.ProRemodeler.com/blogs) that there is an information gap in the industry because there is no universally accepted definition of green. One of the questions we asked in our survey was, "Is green remodeling a fad?" Many blog readers responded, and here are a few excerpts.

AggieInOz said: Green is not a fad. We need to change our ways or Mother Earth will not be able to sustain us because of our negligence. With small things like recycle and reuse or big things like building a green building, Americans must learn to do things differently and to build differently. I am sorry if you disagree, but we are the most wasteful continent on Earth.

Tom said: Green has long ago grown into a trend and will become the standards of tomorrow. All industries are cognizant of and are developing green. The building industry and remodeling industry are doing the same.

Tim said: The green building trend is the first time in history that the building industry has updated its methods for the better of the home, not just because it's faster or cheaper. The 2x4 house has changed little since the development of the steam powered sawmill. The demand was for faster and cheaper houses, so today we just build them faster and cheaper, not better. Green building methods like ICFs are the renaissance of the home building industry, whether we like it or not.

What do you think? Log on to www.ProRemodeler.com/blogs and let us know where you stand on green.

630/288-8057, michael.morris@reedbusiness.com

 

"What is Green?"

Join us for a FREE interactive Web cast especially for remodeling industry professionals, Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 1:30 p.m. CST. In this dynamic session, you'll hear the latest research results from our green remodeling survey and get perspective on them from green experts. Learn about what green really means to you and your business and participate in a lively panel discussion featuring select industry leaders ready to answer your questions. Register at www.ProRemodeler.com

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