Green Design

The New American Remodel is co-sponsored by Professional Remodeler and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The home will be open for tours during the International Builders’ Show in January 2018.

Transforming a 1930s Orlando home into a showcase of contemporary living

natural building materials

These innovative materials make use of stuff that would otherwise have been thrown away

model remodel

The second part of our two-part story focuses on the project’s finishes and strategic solutions to real-world construction challenges

For the first part of our two-part story, we focus on energy efficiency and practical solutions to everyday construction challenges 

An energy-minded carpenter’s take on when it makes sense to use less wood in a wall—and when it doesn’t

Understanding window ratings to help guide clients and position you as an expert

There's strong growth in trades working with energy-efficient products

stack effect diagram

 

All diagrams in this article: courtesy Building Science for Building Enclosures, 2005, J.F. Straube and E.F.P. Burnett, published by Building Science Press

As long as there’s a temperature difference and some height, the air is churning

The New American Remodeled Home exterior

A remodeled 30-something Florida house radiates new style, energy, and up-to-the-minute design genius

Michael Anschel at the Kirei booth at 2016 Greenbuild

At the Kirei booth, I checked out the sound-absorbing properties (0.85 NRC) of the EchoPanel. This felt product not only dampens sound, it's made up of 60 percent recycled material.  

As green goes increasingly mainstream, Michael Anschel selects the stand-out products at the 2016 show

solar

Photo: courtesy Skyway Electric & Solar

Past year sees nearly 30% jump in home solar activity 

The Alexander Group is Professional Remodeler's 2016 Market Leader for sustainability

The Alexander Group's Alex Dean is nothing if not dedicated to sustainability: He says he eats, sleeps, and dreams about sustainable building. Photo: courtesy The Alexander Group

With a vision toward creating truly durable homes, this Maryland remodeler focuses its efforts on educating clients and providing a range of sustainable options

Solar installers working on roof

Photo: Pixabay

Solar can be a lucrative business for those adept at navigating the politics involved

Chaden Halfhill's Silent Rivers Design + Build completely overhauled the home as an example of preserving older, smaller homes.

Remodeler Chaden Halfhill reflects on his greatest goal: to work on projects that bring about change and influence how we build

Energy efficiency retrofits

The economics of energy retrofits are in the news again. How is payback calculated, and are we even asking the right question?

Seek thermal imager in use

This simple smartphone accessory offers a handy, affordable way to generate thermal images

Building inspector on the jobsite

Energy efficiency in a home needs to be thought of as one entity rather than independent products  

Curious to learn more about energy-efficiency certification programs and related resources? Here's a sampling

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