Builders and homeowners now have a set of green guidelines that they can apply to a remodeling project, regardless of size. The REGREEN Guidelines were announced Friday by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) at INTERIORS 08: The ASID Conference on Design, in New Orleans.

According to a USGBC’s REGREEN information Web site , the guidelines are designed to “blend product selection, building systems integration and proven technologies into a seamless compilation of green strategies and case studies for the homeowner, builder and design professional.”

The standards, which were created by a committee of industry experts and were subject to a public comment period, will be a welcome addition to a remodeling market that generates an estimated $200 billion a year, the organizations said.
“Consumers overwhelmingly want greener homes, and the REGREEN Guidelines will help by showing them how,” Michelle Moore, senior vice president of the USGBC, said in a press statement. “Surveys show that not having enough good information from trusted sources has been a huge obstacle. The REGREEN Guidelines empower people with practical information about how to green projects ranging from kitchen and bath renovations to deep energy upgrades. 

“You can start greening your home without spending a lot of money just by getting informed,” continued Moore. “Weatherization projects can save energy and lower your utility bills, which also reduce your carbon footprint. Similarly, choosing low-VOC paints, flooring, and adhesives eliminates bad-smelling toxins and creates a healthier home.”

To access the guidelines, visit the Green Home Guide and the REGREEN Web site. Both Web sites also will have a green product section with a checklist of what makes a product green (but it should be noted that REGREEN does not endorse any products).