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12|ParadeofHomesRemodelersShowcaseSMwww.paradeofhomes.orgOctober1-3,2010Friday12-8pm,Saturday-Sunday12-6pmR24THEREAREALOTOFWAYSyoucangoGreenwhenyouremodel.Fromrecyclingandreusingmaterialsthatmightotherwisebetrashed,tochoosingthemostefficientproductsandtechniquesthatwillreduceyourenergyuseduringandafterconstruc-tion,togettingyourremodelingprojectcer-tifiedbyMinnesotaGreenStar®.Yourremodelercanhelpyoudeterminehowgreenyouandyourbudgetcango.And,youcanfindoutalotmoreaboutgreenremodel-ingonlineatwww.mngreenstar.com.And,makesureyouvisitthisMNGreenStarcertifiedprojectduringthisfall'sRemodelersShowcaseSM:Otogawa-AnschelDesign-Build,LLC4732-30thAvenueS.,MinneapolisChampionXcelEnergyFriendsMarvinWindows&DoorsShaw/StewartLumberCo.BrushMastersWaterFurnaceInternationalSupportersHirshfield'sGreenHomeDoctorsInKindDonations&ServicesFelhaberLarsonFenlon&VogtRussellHerderVerifiedGreenSALAArchitects,Inc.NaturalBuiltHomeBuildingKnowledgeBlueSkyGuideSponsorsPatron:PhotocourtesyofOtogawa-AnschelDesign-BuildGREENREMODELINGchoiceasmartENERGYTAXCREDITUPDATE:Anumberoftaxcreditsareavailableforyourownhomewhenyouupgradebyaddingenergy-efficientfeaturesandsystems.ThroughDecember31,2010youcanreceiveacreditofupto$1,500forimprovedinsulation,roofing,HVAC,waterheatersaswellasefficientwindowsanddoors.Ifyouareinterestedinaddingalternativeenergyoptions,thecreditsextendthrough2016.You'llbeabletoearnacreditat30percentofthecostwithnoupperlimitforgeothermalheatpumps,windturbines,solarenergysystemsandfuelcells.Checkoutmoredetailsonlineatwww.paradeofhomes.orgunderresources.WhyshouldIgetmyremodelingprojectcertifiedunderMNGreenStar?Q:Remodelinggreenhasbeenconfusingandhardforremodelersandhomeownersuntilthecre-ationofMNGreenStar.Youcancertifyvirtuallyanyprojectinyourhome,fromsmallbathorkitchenremodelstolargeadditions.Evenyourlandscapingprojectscanworktowardscertification!Whenyouaskforyourremodelingprojecttobecertifiedyouhavethepeaceofmindthatitwillbeinspectedbyindependenthomeenergyraters,andwillbetestedforefficiencywitheachstepoftheprocessdocumented.Bykeepingharmfulchemicalsandfumesoutofyourhomeyouarekeepingyouandyourfamilysafe.Testingforradon,asbestosandleadareallstandardpracticeforaremodelerusingMNGreenStar.Forlessthan$500youcangetthesafe,durable,healthyandefficientremodelingprojectyouwant.Gogreen,goMNGreenStarandfeelgoodaboutyourhome.MichaelAnschel,Principal,Otogawa-AnschelDesignBuildA:

www.paradeofhomes.orgParadeofHomesRemodelersShowcaseSM|13NEWEPALEADRULEIFYOURHOMEWASBUILTBEFORE1978,MAKESUREYOURFAMILYISPROTECTEDFROMLEAD-EXPOSURE!TheEnvironmentalProtectionAgency(EPA)hasissuedaruletoaddressthehazardsoflead-basedpaintinolderhomesduringrenovation,repair,andpainting.Theruleaffectsworkonallhomesolderthan1978,aswellasforchild-occupiedfacilitieswithchildrenundersixyearsofage.Thisnewrulerequirestrainingandcertificationbyyourremodelerandothersworkingonthehometoensureyourfamilyiskeptsafe.WHY?Studiesshowthatabouttwo-thirdsofhomesbuiltbetween1940and1960containlead-basedpaint,andlead-basedpaintisinnine-out-of-tenhomesbuiltbefore1940.Duringremodeling,repair,orpainting,leadparticlescanbedisturbedandbecomeairborn.People,especiallyyoungsterswhosebodiesarestilldeveloping,whobreathe,ingest,orevenabsorbleadthroughtheirskincanfaceserioushealthproblems.Leadexposurecancausedamagetonearlyeveryorganinthebody.Evenlowlevelscancauselearningdelays,developmentalproblems,aswellasbehavioralproblemsinyoungchildren.Adultsalsomayexperiencehealthproblems,butevenmoreconcerning,theycanaccidentallybringleadresiduehometotheirfamilies.TobecomeEPAcertified,remodelers,carpenters,painters,andothertradespeopletakehands-oncoursesthatexplainthehazardsofleadexposure,andteachesthemhowtosafelycontainanddisposeofleaddustanddebris.Remember,ifyourhomeismorethan32yearsold,chancesarehighthatlead-basedpaintcouldbepresent.YourbestbetistocallatrainedprofessionalwithEPAcertificationforanyrepair,renovationormaintenancethatmightdisturbanypaintedsurfacesinyourhome.FormoreinformationyoucanfindanumberoflinkstotheEPAandotherresourcesonlineinourHomeMaintenanceandResourcesectionsofparadeofhomes.org.WhatarethoseacronymsIseeafterthenameofsomebuilders?MembersoftheBuildersAssociationoftheTwinCIties(BATC)arealsomembersofourNationalaffiliate,theNationalAssocia-tionofHomeBuilders(NAHB).Oureduca-tionalarm,BATC-Universityoffersanumberofclassescreatedandinstructedbythebestandmosttalentedprofessionalsnation-widetoearnthesenationaldesigna-tions.Basically,thesedesignationsarelikegraduateschoolforbuilders.BuilderswithaCGR(CertifiedGraduateRemodeler)ortheadvancedversionGMR(GraduateMasterRemodeler)havesharp-enedtheirbusiness,marketingandconstructionacumen."EarningmyCGRwasagreatbusi-nessdecisionforme.Asaremodelerandsmallbusinessowner,IfoundthecoursesgavemetheinsightandtoolsIneededtomakemybusinessmoreeffectiveandmoreefficient.Igotthebenefitoflearningfrompro'sinfieldsasdiverseasbusinessmanagement,proj-ectmanagementandcontractlaw.Intheend,asaCGR,Iamabletoprovidemyclientsabetterremodelingexperi-ence."~BOBFLYNN,FLYNNCONSTRUCTION,INC.CAPS(CertifiedAginginPlaceSpecialist)areremodelerswhohavecompletedcourseworktogivethemagreaterunder-standingoftheneedsoftoday'sbiggestmarket,thebabyboomersandactiveadultsandhowtoensuretheirhomesarelivableandcomfortableforthemnowandintothefuture."Asthebabyboomersbegintoretire,researchandmyownexperi-encewithmyclients,makesitclearthatmanyofthemareplanningtostayintheirhomesaslongaspossible.TheCAPScourses,createdincollaborationwiththeAARP,gavemeawealthofinformationaboutdesign/buildsolu-tionsforthesefolks.HavingtheCAPSdesignationshowsmycustomersthatIhavethetechnicalknowledgetosolvetheirremodelingneedsandhelpthemremainintheirhomesafely,independ-entlyandcomfortablylongintotheirsenioryears."~JAMESMADSEN,JAMESBARTONDESIGNBUILDQ&AHowdoTwinCitiesFamilieschoosethebestremodelerfortheirneeds?Choosingtherightremodelerforyouistrulythebestwaytoensureasuccessfulandsatisfyingremodelingexperience.Remodelingiscomplexandoftensensitive.Yourremodelermustbeabletocommunicatewellwithyouandbuildyourtrust.Yourremodelerneedstheskillstocoordinateavastarrayofpeople,processesandproducts.Andofcourse,yourremodelershouldbeethical,professional,andwell-trained.So,youshouldalwaysstartyoursearchwiththeParadeofHomesRemodelersShowcaseSMandwww.paradeofhomes.org.EveryremodeleryoumeetduringthetoursoronlineisamemberoftheBuildersAssociationoftheTwinCitiesRemodelersSM(BATC-R).Thatmeanstheyareprofes-sionalsthatareleadersintheindustry.Theyhaveaccesstothelatestinformationinbuildingscience,technology,products,evenbusinessmanagementthroughBATC-University.EverycompanyhassignedanethicsagreementandagreestoupholdMinimumPerformanceStan-dards.And,intherarecasethatadisputearises,BATCarrangesfortheclientandremodelertomeetwithanindependentmediator.Then,whenyoutourtheremodeledhomesontheParadeofHomesRemodelersShowcaseSM,youcanbegintonarrowdownyourchoicesbyexaminingthework,thestyle,thepersonalityoftheremodelers.Talktothethemabouttheprojectandtheirprocesses.Ifthehomeownerisavailable,askthemabouttheirexperience,whattheyloved,whatwasachallenge.Alwayskeepinmindthatyourabilitytocommunicatewellisprobablythemostimportantaspecttoyourrelation-shipwitharemodeler.Youmayfindaprojectthatfeelsperfect,butifyoudon'tquiteclickwiththeremodeler,youshouldprobablykeeplooking.ShawnNelson,NewSpaces,ChairoftheBuildersAssociationoftheTwinCItiesRemodelersSMQ&A