The remodeling industry has a strong impact on the world’s energy availability and resources. Buildings alone consume 40% of the earth’s total energy, 25% of its forests, and 16% of its water resources. Green remodeling uses fewer natural resources and helps to alleviate this pressure on the environment.
Aside from energy conservation and efficiency, green remodeling addresses the ever-important issue of air quality, as often, the air inside is ten times worse than it is outside, even on the smoggiest day. Air quality is critical because according to the EPA, people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors. Children, the elderly, and the chronically ill (especially with respiratory or cardiovascular disease) are most susceptible to the effects of indoor air pollutants, especially if they are exposed to them for extensive periods of time.
NARI recognizes the benefits of green remodeling and is dedicated to helping its members better understand products, methods, ratings and more in an effort to preserve the planet.