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August 16, 2010

Features

The future of green remodeling is upon us. Professional remodeling contractors must not miss the opportunity to be part of it. Green Remodeling is the next logical step for the industry. There are many good reasons to go green and few, if any, not to: How do you incorporate green remodeling into your business? First you must learn how to do it.

Throughout my career, I've seen an evolution in many business functions, one being the changing role of public relations in daily business operations. In the past, we simply placed an ad in the newspaper and got favorable results; now we must strive for getting mentioned within an article to really make it pay off.

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...

In a market as competitive as housing, popular green trends can be quickly redefined to serve all sorts of interests. Without a standard definition, it's hard to know exactly what constitutes green. Can a remodeler who installs energy-efficient windows, for example, call himself green?

"The Corner Office" is a look at the top executives at large remodeling firms. This is the second of three features that profiles these industry leaders and examines their unique business issues. Many remodelers have built successful firms without ever taking a job more than 10 miles from their office.

As awareness of global warming has increased alongside energy bills of consumers, the remodeling industry's focus on green building practices has grown considerably, particularly over the last five years. To find out exactly where the industry stands with relation to marketing, selling and producing green remodeling projects — as well as the impact it has on b...

Thoughtfully designed and skillfully executed, the addition to this 1940s bungalow in Ann Arbor, Mich., blends in so well with the original structure that a casual observer would be hard-pressed to identify the remodel. But for its empty-nester owners, who now have a new "friends and family foyer," a spacious and sunny gathering area, a back-yard deck and an attached, two-car garage, the change...

After living in it for seven years, the owners of this Tuscan-inspired residence in McLean, Va., knew what they loved about their 60-year-old home — and what they didn't. Making the decision to remodel rather than move, the couple put together their own carefully considered list of what they thought would improve the home's overall livability for their entire family which includes three s...

Finding the best company to build out the Wallaces' unfinished second floor was like solving a sudoku puzzle: everything had to add up in different directions, and getting the right answer was tough. Once Don and Ellen Wallace discovered Otogawa-Anschel Design-Build, they knew they found the answer. The Wallaces bought their 1914 bungalow in 2001 largely because of the dusty, unconditioned seco...

If you have a Trade Secret you would like to share, e-mail Senior Editor Jonathan Sweet at jonathan.sweet@reedbusiness.com.

In these days of energy-efficiency and sustainability, what does it take to sell green to an uninformed customer? How do you define or describe green remodeling? Green remodeling is incorporating into the design and construction processes an emphasis on sustainability and thinking about the environment.

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