The city of Seattle has a selection of great remodeling guides if your goal is green remodeling. Check them out!
They cover everything from bath & laundry, kitchen and roofing to salvaging & reuse of materials. Their green home remodel overview explains the value to you of going green with your project:
“Green homes don’t have to look any different from typical homes. Seattle’s Greenlake neighborhood features a variety of elements you might expect to see in a green remodel:
1. sustainable harvest wood trim,
2. recycled wallboard and insulation,
3. proper ventilation,
4. low toxic finish,
5. water efficient faucet,
6. ample natural light,
7. recycled plastic decking (outdoors),
8. healthy paint, and
9. energy- and water-efficient appliances.
“A green remodel can be good for you, physically and emotionally. Health-focused designs maximize fresh air and natural light, while reducing the risk of injury and asthma. The US EPA includes poor indoor air quality on the list of the top five most urgent public health risks. Levels of air pollution inside a home can be 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels. Using low-toxic materials and good ventilation techniques can help to prevent problems like molds, allergens and poor air quality.
So there you are; consider green materials and design in your next remodel.