Home Improvement

Plan and implement your home improvement projects with sustainability in mind. Think about reducing energy and water use. If you are taking out turf to reduce water use, try to not replace it with concrete. Concrete has large carbon footprint and typically increases the runoff from your yard. Consider a permeable system if you are installing hardscape. Look into the options for products for your project. Some options, such as fencing material and decking are available in materials made from recycled items. Other materials, such as fabric, are available from companies that source organic materials and implement fair trade policies. It might take a little longer than just picking from options at your local home improvement store, but you’ll probably end up with better quality and you’ll be proud of doing your project in a more sustainable way. Consider the effort that it’ll take to maintain your improvement. Lower maintenance corresponds to greater sustainability.


  • Consider the energy and water use of your improvement
  • Select sustainable products for your project considering materials, fair trade products, organic materials, and/or recycled items
  • Build long lasting, maintainable improvements instead of quick fixes
  • Resources:
    Remodel your home sustainably
    How to Sustainably Remodel your Home [Guide]

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