The greenest remodel in America?

Kathy's Remodeling Blog If you can’t sell your parent’s former home, why not turn it into a showcase for green remodeling? That’s exactly what Jay DeChesere and his wife did with a ranch style home in Wilmington, N.C. that his parents moved out of and into an assisted living facility.

You could say the collapse of the housing market was the reason for this project.

Of course, DeChesere has one advantage over most of us: he’s an architect. And that’s likely why he is so aware of the LEED green building rating system and how to get lots of points for green features. After the house was done, it turned out to be one of the highest point getters ever in the LEED system, which is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Among the many green features are:

• Photovoltaics (solar power)

• LED and CFL lighting

• Recycled-content countertops

• Geothermal heating and cooling

• Super efficient appliances

Plus, 90% of the renovation was diverted from the landfill.

To see more about the remodel, click here.