First Green Residential Remodeling Guidelines to be Unveiled

By Anuradha Kher, Online News EditorWashington, D.C.–The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will release the nation’s first sustainable residential remodeling guidelines at the annual ASID conference, Interiors 08, in March 2008.The guidelines, called the Regreen program, are designed in way in which residential designers, construction professionals and homeowners can use them. Regreen includes best practices, learning programs and valuable print and electronic resources for those looking to go green in an existing home.“Regreen is an important collaboration between both of our organizations,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council.  “Healthy living is on the minds of many Americans and by providing the tools and resources they need to reach their sustainability goals, we’ll be furthering our collective missions of education and transforming the built environment,” he says. A Web site for all Regreen-related resources with interactive links to case studies, products and educational materials is in development.“These guidelines are a first for the industry and it couldn’t have happened without the partnership between ASID and USGBC,” says ASID Michael Alin, executive director. “Regreen is not just a set of guidelines. We are developing curriculum for learning programs and designing a comprehensive and user-friendly consumer and professional Web site to assist in green residential remodeling,” he says.A complete copy of the final guidelines will be distributed during a press conference, which is scheduled for March 14, 2008.