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Energy efficient windows are most popular products for remodeling projects

By Berit Griffin May 2, 2014

May is National Home Remodeling Month. With the cold and snowy weather in the rearview — knock on wood — many homeowners are prepared to pull the trigger on projects they spent the long winter months dreaming about. And the grass isn’t the only thing turning green.

Increasingly — and not surprisingly — those projects are focused on energy efficiency. According to a survey released by the National Association of Home Builders on Thursday, “Over the next five years, the percentage of remodelers who expect to be doing more than 60 percent of their projects green will double.”

According to the survey, the most common remodeling project centers on the installation of high-performing, Low-emissive (Low-E) windows. Rounding out the list are high-efficiency HVAC systems, programmable thermostats and ENERGY STAR appliances. Other popular features include ceiling fans, moisture control products such as bathroom fans, water conserving fixtures and high performance insulation.

“The improved availability and affordability of high-performing building products means energy-efficient features are being incorporated into more home improvement projects,” said NAHB Remodelers Chair Paul Sullivan, CAPS, CGR, CGP, of Waterville Valley, N.H. “Remodeling can not only improve the overall layout and features of a home, but depending on the upgrades you choose, you can also save money on utilities, improve indoor air quality and strengthen the long-term value of your home.”