NJ Green Home Remodeling Guidelines
Publication Year: 2009

New Jersey’s Green Home Remodeling Guidelines Version (NJGHRG) 1.0


Jennifer Senick, Maren Haus,Dr. Clint Andrews, Judy Shaw, Jerry Flach, Eric Tuvel, Mark Bolen,
Pinky Samat, Brian M. Koczan & Thomas Behrens. 2009. New Jersey’s Green Home Remodeling Guidelines Version (NJGHRG) 1.0. Rutgers Center for Green Building at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

The New Jersey Green Home Remodeling Guidelines (NJGHRG) Version 1.0 exemplify ways a homeowner or remodeling professional can incorporate green building practices into common home remodeling projects. The Guidelines comprise a menu of ‘best practices’ organized by major building systems, including plenty of references to more technical guides for additional information. To help you find the right materials, the Guidelines include a “Green Products and Services” shopping list to help recognize ‘greener’ options when selecting materials and services for the home.

To make it easy to use, the Guidelines are organized into chapters by common remodeling projects:  Kitchen, Bath and Living Spaces; Finished Basement and Major Addition; Weatherization and Energy; Outdoor Living and Landscaping. Each chapter includes information on the following:

  • How to use the Guidelines
  • Health & Safety Considerations
  • Green Home Maintenance and Housekeeping
  • Best Practice Strategies
  • Resources and References
  • Case Studies showing how these strategies have been successfully applied
  • Green Product and Services shopping list
  • Glossary of Terms

The development of the New Jersey Green Home Remodeling Guidelines (NJGHRG) Version 1.0 was funded by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), who sponsored workshops and other marketing activities. The Rutgers Center for Green Building (RCGB) developed the guidelines with extensive input and review by an expert advisory group comprised of residential building and remodeling professionals, interior designers, landscape architects, and experts in the field of green building and energy-efficient design.

These Guidelines do not constitute an endorsement, approval, or recommendation of any kind by any persons or organizations affiliated with developing these Guidelines. The NJDEP further disclaims any and all liability for any personal injury, property damage or any other damages that are caused by or that may result from the reliance on these NJ Green Home Remodeling Guidelines.