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Green Built Homeowner Guides

Buyer's Guides and Handbooks

Green Built Home Buyer's Guide (pdf)
It takes time to research the latest green building design, technologies and materials. Deciding which measures are the most important can be a difficult task. GBH provides this priority ranking of measures to reduce the negative impacts of homebuilding to you, your family and the environment.

Homeowner's Handbook (pdf)
The Homeowners Handbook will hlep you to continue to reap the benefits of your Green Built Home throughout its lifetime by suggesting ways to practice resource-efficient living while serving as a model for others in your community. This Handbook has tips on how to lower your home's operating cost, maintain good indoor air quality, protect the environment around your home, conserve energy and other natural resources.

Remodeling Project Guides:

Climate-Friendly Remodeling (pdf)
10/01/2008
The energy used in Wisconsin homes is responsible for about 25% of all CO2 emissions in the state. By reducing energy demand through efficiency and conservation investments, we can keep more money for investment.

Dreaming of a Green Kitchen (pdf)
12/1/2004
Each decision you can make while renovating your kitchen can reduce energy and maintenance costs, improve indoor air quality and health, safety and comfort and reduce environmental impacts.

Green Bath and Beyond
(pdf)
4/1/2006
Builders, remodelers and homeowners continue to choose environmentally friendly design, technology, materials and practices. This article highlights mterials, water-saving fixtures and energy-efficiency equipment to make your new bathroom a healthy, safe and comfortable oasis.

Green Remodeling Becoming Second Nature (pdf)
12/1/2006
The products and materials that go into your home can help save money, improve your family's health, safety and comfort and protect natural resources. By choosing green remodeling, you can ensure that your home has reduced energy and maintenance costs, better indoor air quality, reduced environmental impact, and market distinction for future resale.

Green is Good Looking. Naturally. (pdf)
9/1/2006
When choosing building materials, many things must be taken into account. Budget, personal preferences, health and safety issues and durability are all important factors. This article shows how to add curb appeal with green-building techniques and natural landscaping.

Light Housework and Home Work (pdf)
12/1/2005
Making green sense is something you can do even if you're not carrying out a major building or remodeling project. Smaller projects such as installing lighting, selecting flooring or painting a room can be done in a green way as well.

Staying Warm and Saving Money (pdf)
12/1/2008
WEI Executive Director explains outlines several programs and comprehensive tools to help you make decisions that can save money, improve your family's health, safety and comfort and provide the added benefit of helping protect our precious natural resources.