Green Building: Room Addition Checklist

Use this handy checklist to keep your home safe and eco-friendly as you remodel.

| March/April 2006

Job site

• Limit vehicular traffic.
• Mark fragile site features.
• Hand-dig utilities in root zones.
• Protect native topsoil.
• Reuse construction and deconstruction waste. (See “Remodeling Construction: Waste Not, Why Not?” page 18)
• Recycle job-site waste.


• Use concrete containing recycled waste.
• Install insulated concrete forms (ICFs).
• Use recycled-content rubble for backfill drainage.

Structural framing

• Use advanced framing techniques (AFT).
• Use reclaimed lumber.
• Use FSC-certified wood.
• Use engineered lumber.
• Use finger-jointed studs.
• Use SIPs for walls and roofs.

Exterior siding

• Use alternatives to wood.
• Use fiber-cement exterior siding.
• Use finger-jointed trim.
• Install drainage planes.

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