Remodelers Go Green
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry has launched a certification program for contractors and remodelers who want to be labeled green. The Green Certified Professional certification requires interested remodelers to have at least five years of experience in the industry with at least three years worth of green projects, principles or products to their credit. Additionally, participants will have to complete at least 16 hours of green- or sustainable-remodeling-related continuing education and pass a comprehensive exam.
“If a remodeling contractor seeks to demonstrate their knowledge and skill in the area of green remodeling, the GCP will help realize those goals,” says Chris Donatelli, chair of the association’s green education sub-committee.
As part of the certification program, NARI has teamed up with GreenHomeGuide, an online source that connects homeowners with green home improvement information. The resource will allow interested parties to locate GCP-certified remodelers. “Together with NARI we will help make more homes healthy and energy efficient by combining NARI’s rigorous certification with GreenHomeGuide’s trusted advice and information,” says Willem Maas, founder and publisher of the Web-based guide.
NARI, based in Des Plaines, Ill., is a trade association dedicated to the remodeling industry and claims some 7,600 member companies.