In 2002, nearly 70 percent of California's existing housing units were 25 years or older. Of these 8.6 million units, it is very likely that in the coming years many will undergo some level of remodel, repair, or rehab. The Construction Industry Research Board estimates that residential alterations and additions accounted for $4.5 billion in 2002.

This presents an opportunity for Californians to invest in their future by implementing green building techniques and features as they upgrade their existing homes. If you are planning on undertaking a building project on your home in the near future, here are some suggestions to help you get started. One of the most important things to remember is to green your project early.

Essential Steps

Here are some of the essential steps you should consider in planning your upgrade project:

Remember, in sustainable building, less is more!

Remodeling Guidelines, Measures, and Resources

Green building guidelines can help you to identify which measures are feasible and that will help meet the project goals.

Project Ideas

  • Landscaping (note: this information was developed for commercial landscaping operations but many measures and resources are applicable for homeowners).
  • Roofs
  • Kitchen
  • Bath
  • Flooring
  • Paint
  • HVAC