Your Energy-Efficient Home Is Now Worth More!

For years homes built or retrofitted with energy efficient upgrades did not include the value of those features in a residential home appraisal.  The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has just introduced a three page addendum to include the additional value of the energy efficient features of a property. With appraisers now able to … Continue reading Your Energy-Efficient Home Is Now Worth More!

Empire Building is awarded LEED Gold Certification!

WOW, the Empire State Building is now LEED certified!  The $20 million retrofit consisted of replacing 96% of the 6,514 windows! The best part is they retrofitted and recycled the windows!  The cost to retrofit the windows was substantially less than replacing the windows, $750 per window vs. $2500. The new window retrofit product is … Continue reading Empire Building is awarded LEED Gold Certification!

Should you deconstruct or demolish a house?

During the past 25 years I have worked on 8 home renovation projects and one new construction project. I confess my awareness of salvaging materials was limited and disposal of unwanted materials was the dumpster in the yard which was hauled to the landfill when full.  I did "collect" items of interest from each house … Continue reading Should you deconstruct or demolish a house?