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Case Studies

Use of the GuidelinesWhat are the guidelines and what are they not?The information provided in these guidelines is intended to assist homeowners, contractors, architects, interior designers, landscape architects,and other professionals who design and remodel residential structures. They draw upon best practices and provide a general overview ofgreen remodeling strategies customized for New Jersey, with links to additional information and resources. These guidelines introduce waysa homeowner or remodeling professional can incorporate green building practices into common home remodeling projects. These are notstep-by-step technical guides but rather a menu of ‘best practices’ organized by major building systems. One should become familiar with localbuilding code and zoning requirements before undertaking a green home remodeling project.The guidelines do not list or endorse specific green products or services but rather identify ‘greener’ options to consider when selecting materials and services for the home.These Guidelines do not constitute an endorsement, approval, or recommendation of any kind by any persons or organizations affiliated withdeveloping these Guidelines. The NJDEP further disclaims any and all liability for any personal injury, property damage or any other damagesthat are caused by or that may result from the reliance on these NJ Green Home Remodeling Guidelines.New Jersey Green Home Remodeling Guidelines Version 1.0Copyright 2009 Rutgers Center for Green Building.Cover Images: Michael Fleischacker, Ford 3 Architects, Barbara Geller, Patricia Gaylor, John D. S. Hatch, Ed Schwartz

AcknowledgmentsThe New Jersey Green Home Remodeling Guidelines (NJGHRG) Version 1.0 is funded by the New Jersey Departmentof Environmental Protection (NJDEP). Special thanks to Martin Rosen, NJDEP Office of Planning and SustainableCommunities, for his role as project manager.The development of NJGHRG Version 1.0 has been managed by the Rutgers Center for Green Building and hasincluded review and suggestions by an Expert Advisory Group comprised of residential building and remodelingprofessionals, interior designers, landscape architects, and experts in the field of green building and energy-efficientdesign.Special thanks to the many individuals for contributing to the development of NJGHRG Version 1.0:Project Team:Rutgers Center for Green BuildingEdward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public PolicyRutgers, The State University of New Jersey33 Livingston AvenueNew Brunswick, New Jersey 08901www.greenbuilding.rutgers.eduJennifer Senick, Executive DirectorMaren Haus, Research Project ManagerDr. Clint Andrews, DirectorDr. Judy Shaw, Research AssociateJerry Flach, Research AssistantEric Tuvel, Research Assistant, Graphic DesignerMark Bolen, Research AssistantPinky Samat, Research ArchitectBrian M. Koczan, Research ArchitectThomas Behrens, Research InternExpert Advisory Group:Michael Brown, Director, Program Services, MaGrann AssociatesChristine Bruncati, Senior Research Architect, Center for BuildingKnowledge, New Jersey Institute of TechnologyDavid E. Cohen, Principal, DEC ArchitectBill Hlubik, County Extension Department Head and Director,Middlesex County Earth Center, Rutgers, New Jersey AgricultureExperiment StationWalter Kanzler, Principal, Eco Collaborative, LLCEdward Conn, Senior Associate, Chu & Gassman ConsultingEngineersDr. Richard Lynch, President, Environmental Safety ManagementCorporationJeff Crum, Vice President of Real Estate Development, Real EstateAdvisory and Development Services (READS)Mark MaGrann, Chairman and Founder, MaGrann AssociatesMona Mosser, Bureau Chief, New Jersey Board of Public UtilitiesR. James Del Grosso, President, Residential Energy Professionals,LLCRobert Politzer, President, Greenstreet Construction, Inc.Julie Deseve, Program Manager, Conservation Services GroupLisa Strovinsky, President, Allentown Garden ClubRon Emrich, Executive Director, Preservation New JerseyDavid Fredericks, Department Head – Electrical, Chu & GassmanConsulting EngineersSuzan Globus, Principal, Globus Design AssociatesSeiko Goto, Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture, RutgersUniversityLinda Lee Potter, Principal, Linda Lee Potter Designs, LLCAndrew Topinka, President and Founder, Technical GroupServices, Inc.Thomas G. Wells, President, Thomas G. Wells Construction, LLCRobert E. Wisniewski, Lincoln Park Coast Cultural DistrictDavid Wolk, Residential Programs Manager, New Jersey’s CleanEnergy Program Introduction1

Case study contributors:Marisa Pellegrini, Photography by www.marisapellegrini.comProfessionals:Joan Picone, Joan Picone, Inc.Atlantis Historic PropertiesRoger Polo, Polo Master BuildersRobert J. Brander, Inc.Lyle Rawlings, Advanced Solar Products, Inc.Kristen Bouterse, Paints PlusFrank Russo, AIA, Shapiro Petrauskas GelberEmily K. Buehrle, EKB DesignsPeter Salerno, Peter Salerno Inc.John Thomas Collins, AIABrian and Janet Siegel, Siegel ArchitectsConservation Development, LLCAndy Shapiro, Vermont Energy Investment CorporationJerri Eskow, Iron Gate InteriorsPaul W. Steinbeiser, Inc.Entasis Architecture, LLCRichard Stryker ContractingFiedler Designs, LLCTara Construction Management Corp.Michael Fleischacker, CLA, ASLA, LEED AP, Back to NatureNorton Thompson, Tremor ContractingGaia GardensThomas G Wells Construction, LLCPatricia Gaylor, Eco-Interiors by Patricia GaylorJane Wilson, AIA, Ford3 ArchitectsBarbara Geller, GardensByBarbaraWoodhaus ConstructionJacqueline Germany, Nina’s Nuances Interior Design, Inc.Jordan Valdina, AIAGreen Living SolutionsTom Vierschilling LEED AP, WESKetch ArchitectureGreenpath Organic LandcareGreenStreet Construction and GreenStreet EnergiesHomeowners:Anna Hackman, Green Building ConsultantKen and Kathy AbbottJohn D. S. Hatch, AIA; Clarke Caton HintzJanet BlackW. David Henderson, R.A., HHG Development, LLCRobert Brander and Lise ThompsonHiland Hall Turner, Hiland Hall Turner ArchitectsStephen and Barbara FiedlerIsles Inc.The Fortnightly Club of SummitRees Keck, GreenStreet ConstructionRichard and Barbara GellerLori Jacobsen, Lori Jacobsen Design, LLCJames and Barbara HansonSherrie Legro Round, Enchantment LivesJohn Hatch and David HendersonJohn Marinaccio ConstructionDeborah MonroeMoira McClintoc, AIA, Ford3 ArchitectsParkland Properties, LP and Thomas G. WellsDanielle Ann Millican, Danielle Ann Millican, Inc.Jeff and Amy PlautRobert Mitchell, General ContractorMr. and Mrs. Ryan QuinnKim Nadel, Niche Interior DesignEd Schwarts and Julie TungRobert Nagy Building CompanyRandall Solomon and Rebecca HershOmega CorporationIn addition, we would like to acknowledge the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the American Society of Interior Designers(ASID) for their support and permission to utilize strategy IDs from the REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines 2008.Jennifer SenickExecutive DirectorRutgers Center for Green Building

Kitchen, Bath, and Living SpacesThe contemporary home serves manydifferent functions for both livingand working. Today, best practicefor remodeling these areas includesoptions that not only meet functionalneeds but are also highly effectivein mitigating environmental impact.Kitchens and bathrooms are activespaces and significant consumersof water and energy; choosingenvironmentally friendly appliances,fixtures, and finishes helps to reduceenergy and water consumption andprotect non-renewable resources. Inkitchens and especially bathrooms,it is advised to invest in durable, highperformance features. Whether it’sthrough an energy-saving dishwasher,living room flooring made fromrenewable materials, bed linens madefrom bamboo, or a high-efficiencyexhaust system, greening livingspaces is a fundamental part of theoverall green home remodel.Kitchen, Bath, andLivingSpacesPhoto:PatriciaGaylor3

Case StudyFinanceAt the time of the project, the cost of utilizing green design techniqueswas roughly 27 percent higher than conventional design; however,the rapid increase in availability of green design choices and productsover the past several years has diminished this premium. For thedesigner, this project served as a “barometer” for project- relatedcosts. Relative to today, the remodel came well within budget, evenwith the extra costs for the green features. The client reported energysavings of approximately 20 percent over the first full year followingthe renovation, and when he decided to sell the home in 2007, thegreen kitchen turned out to be the most compelling factor in thenew owner’s decision to purchase.Lessons and Trade-offsLocation of Project: Montclair, New JerseyInterior Designer: Jacqueline Germany, President-Owner,and Principal Designer, Nina’s Nuances Interior Design, Inc.General Contractor: Jacqueline GermanyOverview and ScopeThis project incorporated a total kitchen remodel with upgrades tothe HVAC and water resource systems. The impetus for this greendesign and renovation project was twofold. The primary reason wasthat the kitchen did not meet the client’s needs: it was outdated,aesthetically unappealing, inflexible, and functionally inefficient.This client was very conscious of his personal use of everydayhousehold items and overall energy and resource consumption.Therefore, when deciding to remodel and renovate, the client choseto employ energy and environmental conservation strategies.Through this project, both the client and designer learned a lotabout the varying levels of “greenness” in products marketed as such.When researching green products, they found that one needs toexamine carefully the product information and Material Safety DataSheets (MSDS) to verify the accuracy of the claim. The homeownerand designer were surprised by the lack of quality in some greenlabeled products. Therefore, they felt that research into productchoices was critical. Luckily, there are several reliable resourcesavailable today as well as many more practicing green design andremodeling professionals.“In our efforts to help the environment by adhering to green principlesof living, we often times forget to factor in how we dispose of our wasteproducts An important part of our efforts to do green building,design, or remodeling should be how we deconstruct that environmentand what we do with its components and waste.”- Jacqueline GermanyDesign ApproachThe environmentally-conscious client provided the principalinspiration for the project, however, being the designer’s first truly“green” project opportunity, the designer was equally as excitedabout completing the remodel. The team undertook the project in2004 at a time when resources for green design in the residentialarena were more limited and the public’s knowledge of the benefitsand rewards of “green design” was not as sophisticated as it is in2009. This provided some challenges but also gave the project amore innovative feel.Team and ProcessThe respective backgrounds of the homeowner and designercomplemented each other well. The homeowner possessed significantexperiential insight as to what green products were available at thetime, while the designer, by virtue of training in the environmentalsciences and interior design, brought a professional awarenessand knowledge of the synthesis and composition of the products.Facilitating the implementation of the green design aspects was theeagerness of suppliers to promote their green products and services.BeforeAfter

Case StudyList of Green StrategiesEnergy Conservation Replaced original appliances with energy-efficient ones Replaced original lighting fixtures with energy-efficientfixtures and lamps Utilized dimmer switches and more effective lighting controls Upgraded windows to improve insulationWater Conservation Replaced original water heater with a tank-less model thatheats water on demand Incorporated a reverse osmosis water filter with an instanthot water faucetKitchen after remodel Installed a whole-house water filter with water softenerIndoor Air Quality Used low-VOC paint and non-toxic interior finishingproducts on cabinets, walls, and flooring Replaced HVAC system and added new vents and filters Added a cooking hood with pollution controls to aid cleanexhausting of odors and fumes Replaced old plaster and lath with paperless sheetrockSustainable Materials Installed countertops made from Azrock, a granite alternativemade from 70 percent consumer recyclable materials Installed cabinets made from river-recovered wood Installed bamboo flooring Reused door hinges and some antique hardware from originalkitchenBeforeAfterKitchen, Bath, and Living Spaces5

Case StudyGenerally the design firm does not work with clients on a strictbudget. Therefore, this project offered the opportunity to create abaseline for other projects of this kind.The homeowners expect cost savings from their investments bylowering heating and cooling costs through yearly maintenance ofthe HVAC system, upgraded air filters, and installation of naturalwindow shades with insulators.Lessons and Trade-offsBecause of their extensive knowledge and continuing research in thearea of green design, the design firm was not surprised by the projectcost. To create a non-toxic nursery, the firm made suggestions to thehomeowner about removing materials that could degrade indoor airquality. In general, the firm advises homeowners to participate in thedesign process, which helps create a transparent plan with few or nosurprises in the end.Location of Project: Elkins Park, PAHomeowners: Mr. and Mrs. Ryan QuinnInterior Designer: Lori Jacobsen, Lori Jacobsen Design, LLC.Area Affected: 190 sq. ft.Overview and ScopeThe primary objective of the design firm was to create a safe andhealthy nursery for an expanding family. Working within theframework of a nearly seventy-year-old home, the team mademinimally invasive architectural changes to maintain the integrityof the home. Without changing the layout of the existing space,they focused on “choosing materials and products that are healthierfor people, conserve resources and energy, and are resource efficient(as defined by ASID, June 2007).” Subscribing to the parametersof sustainable design, the constraints of the existing space, a fixedbudget, and consideration of time, they created an eco-friendly or“green” baby’s nursery.Design ApproachThe homeowners wanted to create the safest and healthiestenvironment for their baby. The firm helped to educate the coupleon everyday products that can have an adverse effect on their healthand helped the homeowners both select safe, environmentallyfriendly products and make changes to improve indoor air quality.Team and ProcessLori Jacobsen Design worked together with the homeownersthroughout the design process. The project began with an in-homeconsultation with the clients. After defining the design needs of theclient and considering the budget, they worked together to createa plan that met those needs. The homeowners were then asked toapprove the final design plan.FinanceWorking with a budget of 10,000 the team was pleased to findout that their green choices and strategies came in under budget.“This particular project was a dream. The client’s and our firm’s greenobjectives were completely aligned. Therefore, we all were on the samepage from the beginning to the end.”- Lori Jacobsen

Case StudyList of Green StrategiesEnergy Conservation Checked heating and cooling systems to ensure optimalefficiency Upgraded air filters Installed energy-saving window shades and insulatorsResource Conservation Installed area rug made from 100 post-consumer recycledcontent (polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from recycledplastic bottles) Repurposed a salvaged chair using remnant fabric from afurniture manufacturerIndoor Air Quality Removed all existing materials with high-VOC contents Used low-VOC paint Refinished hardwood floors with a no-sanding and non-toxicfinishing product Cleaned floors with a neutral product that contains noharmful solvents Used environmentally-friendly, low-VOC carpeting andfurnishings Chose a natural organic wool fiber and cotton mattress andRepurposed chair from remnant fabricbumpers for the cribKitchen, Bath, and Living Spaces7

Case StudyFinanceThe homeowners looked to reduce costs and conserve resources bypreserving and reusing existing features of the home. For example,instead of replacing bathroom tile with all new recycled contenttiles, they only replaced the most worn out sections with new tiles.When it made sense to replace older systems (such as pre-1994water guzzling toilets) the homeowner chose to invest in greeneralternatives, such as low-flow dual flush toilets, that cost moreup-front but that will pay for themselves in reduced water bills overtime.Lessons and Trade-offsDo your homework. The homeowners didn’t have to hire a “green”contractor but they did have to put in the extra time and effortto research green features and materials and to communicate thesechoices to the contractor.Location of Project: Highland Park, New JerseyHomeowners: Randall Solomon and Rebecca HershGeneral Contractor: Richard Stryker ContractingArea Affected: approx. 1350 sq. ft.“The good news is that the dual-flush toilets are a big hit with ourfriends the bad news is that anytime we have a guests over we endup using more water because everyone wants to check them out!”- Randy SolomonOverview and ScopeThis green remodel of a 90-year-old craftsman bungalow includedan upgrade to a high-efficiency natural gas furnace, replacement ofsingle-pane windows, installation of spray denim insulation, andthe addition of a dual-layer high-venting roofing system. Greeninterior renovations included upgrades to the kitchen with EnergyStar appliances and installation of water saving fixtures and dualflush toilets in the bathroom. Existing materials were preservedwhenever possible, such as exterior cedar siding, wooden porch floorboards, antique doors and fixtures, and subway-style bathroom tiles.Care was also taken to properly remove lead paint and to use onlynon-toxic paints and finishes.Design ApproachRandy and Rebecca wanted to design a home that embraced theirsustainable values and lifestyles, and that would save them moneythrough reduced utility bills, and provided a healthy environmentfor their growing family.Team and ProcessThe homeowners were the driving force behind the green aspectsof this project. They researched and proposed almost all of thegreen techniques and materials that went into the remodel, workingstep-by-step with the contractor to decide on the best options. Bycommunicating the commitment to green design from the start,the homeowners made sure that the contractor also understood theimportance of reducing construction waste materials and using nontoxic finishes whenever possible.Upstairs bathroom before

Case StudyList of Green StrategiesEnergy Conservation Replaced old single-pane windows with energy-efficientdouble-pane, low-E, argon filled windows with fiberglasscomposite frames Upgraded existing oil/steam heating system with highly-efficient (87 percent efficient) natural gas/hot water furnace Installed zone heating and programmable thermostats Upgraded kitchen appliances with Energy Star dishwasherand refrigerator Added spray denim insulation (recycled blue jeans) to attic,basement, and exterior walls where no or little insulationexisted Sealed cracks and leaks to reduce air infiltration Installed a dual layer, high-venting roofing system to reducetemperature build-up inside the attic during the summermonthsWater Conservation Installed low-flow faucets and shower heads and added faucetaerators to existing fixtures Installed dual flush (0.8 and 1.6 gallon per flush) toiletsResource ConservationDownstairs bathroom after remodel Preserved 90 year old existing cedar siding Refurbished antique bathtub with a new coat of paint Preserved black and white subway tiles in upstairs bathroomby replacing only broken tiles Refinished and reused antique doors and fixtures Replaced rotten floor boards on the front porch with antiquefloor boards in the attic where they could be appreciatedIndoor Air Quality Professionally stripped lead paint from windows and doors Vacated the house during the renovation to avoidconstruction-related dust and air pollution Used low-VOC water-based finishes on all trim workKitchen, Bath, and Living Spaces9

Case StudyTeam and ProcessKen and Kathy Abbott provided the initial impetus for the greenremodel. Working with the architect, the green building consultant,and the designer, she was very mindful of trying to save energy,re-purpose items she already had, use local materials, and keep theindoor air quality as clean as possible.FinanceThe Abbotts wanted to make the renovations as “green” as possiblewithout incurring much additional expense. To that end, the onlything that cost more up front was the solar water heater, for whichthe estimated payback period was eight years.Lessons and Trade-offsLocation of Project: Chatham Township, New JerseyHomeowners: Ken and Kathy AbbottArchitect: Brian and Janet Siegel, Siegel ArchitectsInterior Designer: Eco-Interiors by Patricia GaylorGeneral Contractor: John Marinaccio ConstructionGreen Building Consultant: Anna HackmanLandscape Architect: Back to NatureOrganic landscaper: Greenpath Organic LandcareOverview and ScopeLocated in Chatham Township, New Jersey, this project entailedsignificant changes to a home previously renovated in 1988. Itincluded changes to the kitchen, dining room, and family room aswell as the addition of new living space over the garage. The diningroom was relocated to its original location in the front of the housewhile the kitchen was shifted over to the dining room’s position. Thisallowed the kitchen to become the “heart” of the home, providing aconnection to the deck, family room, mudroom, and dining room.The wall between the new kitchen and existing family room wasopened up completely, letting light flow from front to back of thehouse and giving a view of the family room and backyard from thekitchen. The mudroom, removed during the previous renovation,was restored. All of this reconstruction was done within the existingfootprint of the house, except for a 72 square foot extension in therear corner to make enough room for an office off the mudroom.If able to do it all over again, the Abbotts would choose an architectthat was LEED certified, as they felt that they needed to educate thearchitect and builder on the green aspects of the project. One majorlesson would be to perform air sealing before laying the sheetrock;they performed the air sealing after the building was done andafterwards an energy audit showed lots of air leaks from the atticand basement. One major design change would be to avoid puttingrecessed “can” lights (also called high-hats or recessed downlights)in ceilings that open to unconditioned spaces, such as the cathedralceiling in the family room or upstairs rooms, because they allowunwanted heat flow between conditioned and unconditioned spaces.“I love my bioswale, stream and organic gardens. I also like that wedidn’t put as much construction waste in the landfill as we would havewith a conventional demolition or carpenter. I think about what mychildren and their children will do as landfill space becomes scarcerand scarcer. Sustainability is important to me. I felt a responsibilitynot to add to my family’s carbon footprint.”- Kathy AbbottThe 366.5 square foot addition above the garage contains a fifthbedroom, bath and laundry room. To make this section over thegarage blend in with the rest of the house, the architect designed ahip roof for the entire house.Design ApproachThe homeowners, Ken and Kathy Abbott, were very focused on agreen renovation. Their major goals included improving traffic flowand daylight downstairs, getting more counter space and cookingspace in the kitchen, and providing an extra room for a new babyand an office upstairs.Solar hot water heating

Case StudyList of Green StrategiesEnergy Conservation Replaced 30-year-old windows with new low-E windowsthroughout the house Installed triple cellular blinds in master bedroom Installed new Energy Star appliances Added two solar panels used for hot waterWater Conservation (Outdoors) Ensured that there would be no net increase in stormwaterrunoff from the slight increase in our house footprint Contoured the garden on both sides of the house to absorbrain water Built a bio-swale containing attractive native plants on theuphill side of the yard that historically collected too muchrain water and caused basement flooding Used sump pump water to make a landscaped stream thatprovides a frog habitatIndoor Air Quality Used zero-VOC paints Installed formaldehyde-free, sustainably-harvested woodkitchen cabinets Purchased natural jute fabric for window treatmentsKitchen after remodel Used water-based wood floor finishesResource Conservation Repurposed existing kitchen cabinets into two armoires andone laundry cabinet Altered existing wall unit in the family room to fit a newflat-screen TV Repurposed old kitchen sink into a laundry sink Installed recycled glass bathroom countertops and bordertiles Installed an acrylic laundry countertop made from recycledcontent Purchased handmade kitchen tiles from New Hampshire,meeting criteria for locally-based products Requested a separate dumpster for concrete for thedemolition of the old front porch and sidewalkSustainable Sites All the plantings, grass, etc., were planted with no pesticides Chose an organic landscaper to take care of the lawn andgardenBathroom after remodelKitchen, Bath, and Living Spaces11

Case StudyFinanceThe cost of the renovation was considerably high to begin with dueto the age of the home. Special consideration had to be taken at everyturn to keep costs to a minimum. But for the most part, selectionswere made on the basis of their sustainability and green quality,not over high price. The construction and materials costs were fair.There will be a huge return on investment in energy savings. Beforethe renovation, the house was leaky, and the homeowner’s heatingbills were very high. Good insulation, the addition of radiant heatflooring in the kitchen, and energy-efficient windows contribute tothe new tighter building envelope.Lessons and Trade-offsLocation of Project: Montclair, New JerseyHomeowners: Jeff and Amy PlautArchitect: John Thomas CollinsInterior Designer: Eco-Interiors by Patricia GaylorGeneral Contractor: Woodhaus ConstructionArea affected: 1000 square feetOverview and ScopeThis house is an 1801 Federal-style farmhouse, one of the oldestcontinually-occupied homes in Montclair, and is on both the NewJersey and the National Registers of Historic Places. The currentowners worked to achieve a balance between preservation of thehistoric character and fabric with green environmental standardsand the everyday needs of an active family lifestyle. The renovationfocused on opening up rooms and repurposing space. This includedupdates to the existing kitchen, family room, laundry room, and theaddition of a breakfast room.The major surprise was how much work was required to fix oldrenovations and get the home up to current code. While thiswas expected for such an old house, the costs were higher thananticipated. Although the project was completed on time, the teamended up substantially over budget due to the poor condition of thehome’s infrastructure. However, both Patricia and the Plauts werevery satisfied with the results.“I thoroughly enjoyed working on a period renovation, and meldingnew technologies with the old house Green remodeling is the onlyway to go, as far as I’m concerned. As a designer, it’s my job to showthe homeowner that a remodel of her home should be as healthy tothe family as possible, leave as low a carbon footprint as possible,and make it as energy-efficient as possible. I think these things canbe accomplished in a ‘green’ fashion with very little in the way ofextra cash output What surprised me the most? Nothing! Being inthe remodeling business for so many years, green or not, it’s always achallenge.”- Patricia GaylorDesign ApproachDesigner Patricia Gaylor and the homeowners, Jeff and Amy Plaut,both desired to do as green a renovation as possible. The designerworked with the Plauts to develop an environmentally-conscious,practical design that also preserves the historic quality.Team and ProcessPatricia worked with the Plauts on the general look and plan forthe renovation, and Patricia specified all the products being usedto be as green as possible. All plywood used on the renovation bythe contractor contained no added formaldehyde, energy-efficientlighting and appliances were specified, and the cabinets used were noadded formaldehyde plywood boxes with a low-VOC paint finish.Breakfast room

Case StudyList of Green StrategiesEnergy Conservation Selected Energy Star appliances, including the refrigerator,dishwasher, television, and clothes washer and dryer Purchased a stove and refrigerator made domestically Installed hydronic radiant heat under the kitchen floor Installed highly efficient low-E glass and argon filledwindows Chose borate-treated blown-in cellulose insulation for thespace between the interior and exterior walls for significantlyincreased energy efficiency Used CFLs in the majority of light fixtures, including theoutside fixturesWater Conservation Installed water filtration systems at sinks to eliminate use ofbottled water Installed low flow faucets and faucet aeratorsIndoor Air Quality Built cabinets from wood with no added formaldehyde, andpainted them with low-VOC paint Painted interior walls with environmentally-friendly low-VOC paintGas range and oven Purchased laundry room cabinets made of medium-densityfiberboard (MDF) with no added urea formaldehyde Coated soapstone countertops are coated with food-grademineral oil once a monthSustain

Atlantis Historic Properties Robert J. Brander, Inc. Kristen Bouterse, Paints Plus. . energy and water consumption and protect non-renewable resources. In . Installed a whole-house water filter with water softener Indoor Air Qualit