Over the next five years, the number of remodelers who tackle more than 60 percent of their projects with “green” products is expected to double, according to a new study conducted by McGraw Hill Construction and the National Association of Home Builders.
High-performing, low-emissive windows are the most common green building product used by residential remodelers, according to a new survey by NAHB, which highlights the most common building features home owners are using to improve a energy efficiency.
The most popular green building features in the first quarter of 2014 were:
- High performance windows, including Low-E and Argon gas windows
- High-efficiency HVAC systems
- Programmable thermostats
- Energy Star appliances
Other popular features include ceiling fans, moisture-control products (such as bathroom fans), water conserving fixtures, and high-performance insulation.
“The improved availability and affordability of high-performing building products means energy-efficient features are being incorporated into more home improvement projects,” says NAHB Remodelers chairman Paul Sullivan. “Remodeling not only improves the overall layout and features of a home, but depending on the upgrades you choose, you can also save money on utilities, improve indoor air quality, and strengthen the long-term value of your home.”