Just released by the Berkeley, Calif.-based Home Energy magazine, No-Regrets Remodeling is a step-by-step guide to remodeling a house into a less costly to operate and maintain, healthy home.
Written, edited, and reviewed by leading North American building scientists and remodeling experts, the book, now in its second edition (the first was in 1997), is oriented to homeowners. It gives readers “a solid understanding of how their house works, how to get the most bang for their buck, and how to avoid regrets down the road.” It is also a tool to help pros educate their customers.
It begins with “Where to Begin? How to Proceed?” and “Clarify Your Goals Now for Best Results Later.” And covers everything from finance to kitchens to HVAC and lighting. The final section focuses on “Get the Job Done,” from codes and permits to managing your now remodeled home and its energy use.
Green journalist and author, Carol Venolia, was the lead editor for the guide. Honored as one of the 10 pioneering women in green design, she is author of Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green House and Get Back to Nature without Leaving Home.
Throughout the book, readers will find the Home Energy Saver (™) logo in the margin whenever the text describes a step that would benefit from using the online energy-auditing tool developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.