Tips to Make Your Home Remodel Energy Efficient

When planning any type of remodel it’s important to consider not only the visual aspects of the project, but also how you can improve the energy efficiency of your home to reduce waste and lower your bills.  Plus, energy efficient products are good for the environment, improve indoor air quality, and increase the resale value of your home. Don’t just make it beautiful; make it efficient! Read more

How to Integrate GREEN into Remodeling

Ben will be a part of the Mecosta Chapter of Green Built Michigan’s “How to Integrate GREEN into Remodeling” event on November 6, 2009 from 8am – noon.

Green Remodeling (Defined)

Green Remodeling is the response to our disatisfaction with our homes’ lack of: 1) energy & resource efficiency, 2) health (IAQ – Indoor Air Quality), 3) comfort, 4) durability, and ultimately its contribution to a sustainable housing stock.

Green remodeling is the mechanism to greatest improve our country’s use of national resources…the existing housing stock is HUGE.

Energy Audit

Thompson Remodeling is a Green Remodeling expert.  Green has been a part of our practice for the last 15 years.

Yesterday we did two energy audits for clients and friends.

Many people have questions about what an energy audit is so here’s my definition.  An Energy Audit is a series of scientific tests on an existing home.  The two main instruments used is a blower door and an infrared camera.  A blower door is inserted into an exterior door of the house.  It looks like a screen door with a piece of red plastic sheeting and a big fan in it.  The fan blows air out of the house creating negative pressure on all surfaces of the house equivalent to a 30 mph wind.  Gauges on the fan measure the volume of air pulled out of the air and measures total amount of leakage.

With negative pressure on the house the auditor (and myself and the clients) walk around the house looking for cold spots (in winter) where cold and/or cold air is leaking into the house.  Common areas of leakage are recessed light fixtures, tops & bottoms of walls, bulkheads, whole house attic fans, and around windows & doors just to name a few areas.

The auditor then does calculations or computer modeling on the house and makes recommendations for energy improvements.  Not all audits are the same.  Some are much more involved than others.  They can cost between $300 and$600.

Great Lakes Green Conference (8/22/09)

Ben will be presenting “Myths & Magic of Green Remodeling” at the Great Lakes Green Conference at the Devos Place in downtown Grand Rapids, August 22nd, 2009.