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Remodeling, the green way

Homebuilder wants to make more homes energy-efficient.

Homebuilder wants to make more homes energy-efficient.

Peter Michelson wants to bring the green movement to everyone that's moving into a new home.

Michelson, CEO of the Decatur, Georgia, firm Renewal Design-Build, says building energy-efficient homes is the best way to help new homeowners live healthier and save them money.

"Green homes incorporate sustainable materials and design ideas aimed at protecting the environment by promoting energy conservation," Michelson said. "The more you are doing to your house, the more of an opportunity you have to replace inefficient equipment with high-efficiency equipment and materials."

Dedicated to reducing the effects of global climate change, Renewal Design-Build says they use an array of strategies in redesigning a home that can increase a home's energy efficiency by 30 percent, conserve water and reduce storm water pollution.

While the firm is building green-friendly homes now, what it specializes in could very well be the wave of the future. According to a National Association of Home Builders survey, 68 percent of builders said homes in 2015 will be more energy-efficient, as there will be an increase in green features like low-E windows, dual-flush faucets and appliances with Energy Star ratings.