New Orleans, LA (March 14, 2008) – The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
Foundation and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently launched the nation’s first
green residential remodeling guidelines at a press conference during INTERIORS 08: The ASID
Conference on Design, held in New Orleans. Organized into the ten most common remodeling projects, the REGREEN Guidelines are designed to provide professionals and homeowners with resources and tools to green their home remodeling projects. The guidelines can be applied to a variety of projects, from remodeling a kitchen to executing a full
"Green homes are fundamental to leading healthier, more sustainable lives," said Victoria Schomer, ASID, LEED AP, interior designer and principal of Green Built Environments. Schomer was on the team to develop and write the REGREEN program. "In America , we spend a startling 90 percent of our time indoors. Home interiors have a profound effect on ourselves and our families, and the interior design professional has a central role in making them healthier and green."
“Consumers overwhelmingly want greener homes, and the REGREEN Guidelines will help by showing them how,” said Michelle Moore, Senior Vice President, U.S. Green Building Council. “Surveys show that not having enough good information from trusted sources has been a huge obstacle. The REGREEN Guidelines empower people with practical information about how to green projects ranging from kitchen and bath renovations to deep energy upgrades.”
The market for residential remodeling is massive, topping $200 Billion per year, and is projected to nearly double within five years due to the aging of our housing stock. The median age of U.S. housing stock has topped 30 years, and homeowners are increasingly considering family health and well home improvements.
“You can start greening your home without spending a lot of money just by getting informed,” continued Moore, of USGBC.
The REGREEN guidelines are accompanied by case studies, and address the major elements of any green renovation project, including the site of the home, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, and indoor environmental quality.
To access the guidelines visit www.regreenprogram.org or www.thegreenhomeguide.org.