The Cost of Going Green Bathroom Remodelling


Placing a price tag on the cost of going green with your bathroom remodel is easier said than done. After all, the level of green each homeowner is willing to commit to is different, as are the individual specifications of each project.

What we can tell you is this:
• Green remodeling does not necessarily mean higher initial costs.
• Green remodeling is guaranteed to translate into large energy savings over the life of your remodel.
• Determining the value of green remodeling isn’t always best served by focusing on the bottom line.

This last one is maybe the most important. It’s what green remodeling expert David Johnston refers to as “avoiding the payback trap.” Going green isn’t just about reducing your monthly utility costs. It’s about creating healthier living environments for you and your family, utilizing long lasting and low maintenance materials so that you’ll lose less time in the future to maintenance chores and repairs, and emphasizing environmental responsibility, so you can rest easy knowing
that you’re doing everything you can to pass a better world onto your children and grandchildren. As you can see, assigning value in the world of green remodeling goes beyond assessing a final cost in dollars and cents.

GREEN BATHROOM CHECKLIST

Solar Energy

  • Install double-paned windows
  • Install low-e (low-emissivity) windows
  • Incorporate natural light

Plumbing

  • Insulate pipes
  • Remove plumbing from outside walls
  • Install on-demand hot water circulation pump
  • Install low-flush toilets
  • Consider greywater flushing
  • Install high-performance showerheads
  • Install low-flow faucets
  • Investigate your water supply
  • Incorporate natural light
  • Install chlorine filters on showerheads
  • Install activated carbon filters
  • Install water distillers
  • Install a reverse osmosis system

Electrical

  • Install compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs
  • Install halogen lighting
  • Install lighting controls
  • Install sealed or airtight IC recessed lighting

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

  • Use duct mastic instead of duct tape
  • Install ductwork windows for natural ventilation
  • Install a bathroom exhaust fan
  • Install a heat recovery ventilator (HRC)

Insulation

  • Use formaldehyde-free, recycled-content fiberglass insulation
  • Use cellulose insulation
  • Caulk, seal, and weatherstrip
  • Increase insulation thickness

Interior Materials/Finishes

  • Use formaldehyde-free materials
  • Seal all exposed particleboard or MDF
  • Use rapidly renewable flooring materials
  • Use recycled-content tile
  • Replace vinyl flooring with natural linoleum
  • Use low-or-no-VOC and formaldehyde-free paint
  • Use solvent-free adhesives

Structural Framing

  • Use advanced Framing Techniques (AFT)
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