Aug 14, 2013 6:00 PM  PST

GreenPointers: Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels

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GreenPoint Rated

Remodeling and GreenPoint Rated

A green remodel of your kitchen or bathroom can help you achieve a GreenPoint Rating for your home. You'll get points for upgrading heating and cooling systems, adding energy-efficient lighting and installing water conserving fixtures – and a GreenPoint Rating will add value to your home.

Talk to your contractor about green features and getting GreenPoint Rated now or in the future. You can achieve a GreenPoint Rating step by step as you remodel various sections of your home. Just save your receipts and work with your contractor to maintain records of your green upgrades. When you've achieved enough points for a GreenPoint Rating, your contractor can work with a certified GreenPoint Rater to make it happen!

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GreenPoint Rated Guide to a Green Remodel

Full of pointers on how to make your remodel green, healthier, and more comfortable, this guide will help get you started.

Tips are organized into three topics: energy efficiency; kitchen, bath & laundry; and major remodeling & additions. Also included are case studies and resources on getting started with GreenPoint Rated.

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Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels

Our series of GreenPointers provide helpful tips for a healthier, greener home. Today's topic is kitchen and bathroom remodels.

If you're planning to revamp your kitchen or bathroom, why not make it green? Kitchen and bath upgrades can make your home beautiful, safe, and healthy, and at the same time conserve more water and energy.

Follow these green strategies to help keep your remodeling project on track.
Green Pointers

Step 1


  To reduce utility bills and fight climate change without sacrificing convenience or comfort, choose:
  • Energy Star qualified appliances
  • Low-flow faucets and showerheads and
    high efficiency toilets
  • High-quality fluorescent and LED light bulbs
  • Properly installed insulation
  • Energy-efficient windows

Step 2


  To reduce your household's exposure to toxic chemicals, use:
  • Zero- and low-VOC paints, primers, sealers, adhesives and caulk
  • Insulation products with no added formaldehyde
  • Kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans that exhaust to the outdoors
  • Qualified professionals to conduct carbon monoxide and combustion safety tests

Step 3


  To conserve natural resources, choose:
  • Sustainably harvested wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), including cabinets, countertops, trim and flooring
  • Recycled content products including recycled glass and ceramic tiles and slabs for countertops, floors and shower surrounds
  • Rapidly renewable materials including bamboo, cork and natural linoleum for counters, floors and other surfaces
  • Reused products including reclaimed wood for flooring and trim, vintage cabinetry, salvaged stone, reused sinks and more

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