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Energy Concerns Drive Green Remodeling


As they grapple with skyrocketing energy costs, more homeowners are turning to products and systems that offer greater efficiency, according to the results of the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) quarterly Remodeling Market Index (RMI). Some 33% of surveyed remodelers report that they are increasingly called on to improve the energy efficiency of their client's homes.

According to the survey, remodelers have installed a number of efficiency-enhancing products in recent months, including:

  • Windows - 73 percent of surveyed remodelers installed more energy-efficient windows that are insulated to prevent outdoor heat exchange.
  • Insulation - 65 percent made upgrades such as insulation replacement and spraying foam or fiber insulation into enclosed walls and roof cavities, while 27 percent insulated foundations and 52 percent installed insulated exterior doors.
  • High-efficiency HVAC systems (56 percent)
  • High-efficiency kitchen appliances (47 percent)
  • Water-saving faucets and fixtures (46 percent)

The RMI measures remodeler perceptions of market demand for current and future residential remodeling projects. Click here for more information.