NARI, GreenStar form alliance to encourage green remodeling practices

September 3, 2013 04:47 AM

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NARI, GreenStar form alliance to encourage green remodeling practices
GreenStar to award project certification points to NARI Green Certified Professionals

Des Plaines, Illinois, Sept. 3, 2013— The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and GreenStar have formed a strategic alliance to provide green training and certification to the remodeling community.

GreenStar is a leading residential building standards and certification program available in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. This program certifies homes via an objective, third-party verification system that assures consumers that their remodeling project meets the program requirements and is constructed as designed.

NARI’ Green Certified Professional (GCP) certification prep program “High-Performance Remodeling” has incorporated GreenStar training, and GreenStar will now award points toward its project certifications for those who have earned a NARI GCP.

“NARI’s High- Performance Remodeling course and GCP certification provides remodelers the technical tools needed to build GreenStar certified projects,” says Dan Taddei, NARI director of education and certification. “The industry has been looking for a way to recognize projects like such as additions or kitchen and bath remodels as being remodeled green—GreenStar does it.”
    
“GreenStar marks a new era for remodelers across the country,” says Michael Anschel, GreenStar’s director of development.  “Now there is finally a comprehensive, robust, legitimate green remodeling tool that anyone can use. The debate over what constitutes ‘green’ is over. Remodelers can certify everything from a bathroom, kitchen, or even windows and siding replacement, all the way to a whole home remodel and offer something unique and valuable to their clients.”

Both NARI’s GCP and GreenStar focus on the holistic view of the house and its interactive systems, focus on areas such as energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, water conservation, resource efficiency and site and community impact. 
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About NARI: The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only trade association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry.  The Association, which represents member companies nationwide—comprised of 63,000 remodeling contractors— is “The Voice of the Remodeling Industry.”™ To learn more about membership, visit www.NARI.org or contact national headquarters, based in Des Plaines, Ill., at (847) 298-9200.

ABOUT GREENSTAR: GreenStar, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded in 2007 and has developed a leading residential building standards and certification program created to promote healthy, durable, high-performance design and construction for both new and existing homes.  An objective, third-party verification system assures consumers that the new home or remodeling project meets the program requirements and is constructed as designed. A whole-systems approach applies the five (5) key concepts of green building programs – Energy Efficiency, Resource Efficiency (including durability), Indoor Environmental Quality, Water Conservation, Site and Community – to the traditional building process.  The MNGS program improves the impact of green building programs on individuals, their families, the community, and the environment.

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