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Green Remodeling Workshops Coming to a Town Near You

REGREEN Roadshow: USGBC and ASID's guide helps you navigate green remodeling projects like kitchens, baths, basements, deep energy retrofits, and more. And GBA is a big part of taking the training on the road.

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Rob Moody, Organic Think
Image Credit: Peter Yost
Rob Moody, Organic Think
Image Credit: Peter Yost
Annette Stellmeack, Inspirit, LLC
Image Credit: Rob Moody
Peter Yost, BuildingGreen, LLC
Image Credit: Rob Moody

Ever since the premier of USGBC’s two-day REGREEN workshop in Phoenix, AZ at Greenbuild last November, Annette, Rob, and I have been gearing up for a slew of green remodeling workshops across the country — the REGREEN Roadshow. The REGREEN workshops are a lot of fun to teach (and take) for two reasons: one, the blend of builder/remodeler with interior design perspectives is completely refreshing; and two, the substantial and substantive group work woven into the workshop makes for an energetic and invigorating approach.

Now you might be saying to yourself: What? Interior designers and hard-core building science-builder types making sweet music together? You would be surprised at how well these perspectives can inform each other. Here is just one example:

Your clients TELL you they want new replacement windows. But what they actually want is to keep the way their windows currently look, not spend too much, and get real performance improvements (in terms of energy efficiency, thermal comfort, and daylighting — without overheating during the summer). Whew. So you sit down with an interior designer, and all of the sudden you need to compare about a dozen options — sash replacements, window films, cellular shades, awnings, shutters — all with real (but different) advantages. What started as a rather simple choice ends up to be quite a puzzle, based on a weaving of sometimes competing aspects: energy efficiency, lighting, views, privacy, cost, comfort, even noise. It’s just as much about interior design as it is hard-core remodeling.

Green remodeling is a really cool topic and REGREEN is a great approach to it. It’s definitely worth checking out the REGREEN Roadshow schedule. Look for a REGREEN workshop coming to your town or city soon.

GBA Representative Remodeling Projects: (The first two are featured case studies in the REGREEN workshop)

Affordable Green Remodel of a California Bungalow

Deep Energy Makeover: One Step At A Time

Green Remodel of a Midcentury Kitchen

Green Basement Renovation: Adding Under a Home

Michigan’s First LEED Platinum Gut-Rehab

Sunroom Addition in Rhode Island

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  1. Pam Walton | | #1

    New DVD on Green Remodeling
    If you're thinking about a green remodel, get "The Forever Home: Going Green," a refreshing look at a SF Bay Area home remodeling project. The planning and architecture considers not only the needs of the home, but also those of the environment and the home's surroundings. A green house for an extraordinary couple. Extras on the DVD include a conversation with Brian Gitt, CEO of BuildItGreen. Watch a preview clip and order the 27 minute DVD at http://www.pamwaltonproductions.com

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