‘Green’ Remodeling Focus of NARI Program

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Des Plaines, IL — The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has launched the pilot of its new “Green Remodeling” program, the trade association announced.

The association’s new CRGP program, announced last month, is designed to provide residential remodelers, including kitchen and bath professionals, with a solid foundation in green remodeling, NARI officials said.

“If a remodeling contractor seeks to develop knowledge and skill in the area of green remodeling, the CRGP will help realize those goals,” said Chris Donatelli, chairman of NARI’s Green Education Sub-Committee.

“This program thoroughly educates the contractor who desires to focus on environmentally friendly remodels.”

According to NARI, based in Des Plaines, IL, the remodeling industry has a strong influence on the world’s energy availability and resources. Buildings alone consume 40% of the earth’s total energy, 25% of its forests, and 16% of its water resources, the association said. Green remodeling uses fewer natural resources and helps alleviate this pressure on the environment, NARI added.

Aside from energy conservation and efficiency, green remodeling also addresses the issue for improved indoor air quality, which is particularly important for children, the elderly, and the chronically ill.

“Green remodeling is beneficial because it results in lower operating costs for the home, increased comfort and resale value, healthier living, less maintenance and higher durability,” said NARI president Everett Collier.

Collier noted that the green remodeling concept appeals to homeowners, 46% of whom said they would be eager to incorporate green principles into their homes, especially if it would save them money, according to a survey by Reed Residential Group.

Based on this growing interest, “remodelers are increasingly exploring green remodeling principles for their overall value for their clients and for the sake of the environment,” Collier said.

NARI’s course will consist of 15 topics related to green and sustainable remodeling including: Basic Building Science, Indoor Environmental Quality, Foundation, Framing, Roofing, Insulation, HVAC, Electrical, Renewable Energy, Appliances, Plumbing, Exterior Finishes, Interior Materials and Finishes, Landscaping and marketing a green remodeling business.

A certification in Green Remodeling will also be available in the near future for those students who have taken the Green Remodeling course, NARI said.

Information is available by contacting NARI at (800) 611-6274.