Making some 'green' considerations when remodeling your home can produce big energy and water savings and save you money in the long run! Visit the REGREEN website, to get green building information specifically for remodeling projects.
Green Building Products
Selecting products that are manufactured using environmentally friendly processes, contain recycled or reused materials, and that do not contain potentially harmful materials are an important part of building green.
This checklist from the ReGreen Program website will walk you through some of the things to consider when selecting materials for your next building project. It also contains a list of some useful green product directories.
There are two primary certification programs for green buildings. Both programs have point systems that rate the energy savings, water efficiency, and stewardship of resources along with other aspects of the design.
LEED is a national certification program created by the U.S. Green Building Council for commercial, industrial, municipal and residential buildings. Click here to visit the LEED website to learn more.
Green Point Rated is a certification program for California homes created by Build It Green, a California based non-profit organization. There are two rating systems, one for new homes and one for existing homes. Click here to visit the Green Point Rated website.
Los Angeles County PACE Program
The Los Angeles County PACE program assists commercial, multi-family, and manufacturing property owners in the county in funding on-site renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water saving improvements. Energy efficient upgrades can be made using PACE funding without any upfront, out-of-pocket costs and can be repaid over time through an assessment on your property tax bill. Interested property owners can learn more about the program and see a list of eligible upgrade improvements on the program’s webpage: www.lapace.org