No-Regrets Remodeling Second Edition: Creating a Comfortable, Healthy Home That Saves Energy

Want to create an attractive home that meets your needs while being more energy efficient, comfortable, and durable? The second edition of No-Regrets Remodeling shows readers how to plan and design homes that are less costly to operate and maintain, and healthier for their family. 

No-Regrets Remodeling helps readers select professional help at every stage, plan ahead for emergencies, and get the best replacement system(s) when needed.  Whether you have an urgent situation, want to be prepared for future surprises, or are planning a major remodel, you will get a solid understanding of how your house works, how to get the most bang for your remodeling buck, and how to avoid regrets down the road.

The second edition of No-Regrets Remodeling was written, edited, and reviewed by leading North American building scientists and remodeling experts. Home Energy magazine—the magazine of energy auditing and home performance since 1984—published the first edition of No-Regrets Remodeling, the original guide to energy-efficient remodeling, in 1997.

Advance praise for the Second Edition of No-Regrets Remodeling (NRR2):

"From de-mystification to myth-busting to simple common sense, when it comes to remodeling, NRR2 lays it all out in a readable, reassuring way. This is the essential home-improvement guide that not only educates, but also acts as a healthy antidote to the natural anxiety inherent in any remodeling project. Save money, save time, save your relationship, and save your sanity—read NRR2 before you even think of lifting your pencil or hammer to renovate your home."

- Jeff Wilson, HGTV Host and author of The Greened House Effect

"Finally, here's a book that recognizes energy efficiency as a common sense tool for creating a healthy, happy, and permanently affordable home. This is an intelligent and indispensable guide for remodeling projects of any size or budget. It's brimming with myth-busting anecdotes that challenge conventional practices, recognize the home as a system, and offers a simple outline for turning dreams into reality."

- Matthew Grocoff, Esq., LEED-GA, LBC Ambassador-Principal, THRIVE Net Zero Energy Collaborative & Host of

The lead editor for the second edition of No-Regrets Remodeling was Carol Venolia, who was honored by The Green Economy Post as one of ten pioneering women in green design, and named a Green Design Trailblazer by Natural Home Magazine. Carol Venolia has written Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green House and Get Back to Nature without Leaving Home.  

No-Regrets Remodeling is not a technical guide for the pro or serious hands-on DIYer. It's oriented to the homeowner who wants to make the right decisions to improve their home comfort, safety, durability and energy savings, but isn't prepared to do more than simple weatherizing or efficiency measures.  It will be valuable as a consumer education tool for builders, remodelers, and home performance retrofitters, and it will educate homeowners on how to choose the right professional for the job.

No-Regrets Remodeling will help homeowners understand and control energy use in their homes, pointing out money-saving opportunities they can take advantage of now, as well as helping them plan for future upgrades when they can afford them. Throughout the book, readers will find the Home Energy Saver™ (HES) logo in the margin whenever the text describes a step that would benefit from using this valuable online energy-auditing tool ( Developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, HES is the first and most widely used online tool for calculating residential energy use, providing users with information on energy-saving upgrades tailored to their home, climate, and local energy prices.

Since 1984, Home Energy magazine has been dedicated to the dissemination of objective and practical information on residential energy conservation and efficiency.

$29.95.  Paperback, 4-color, includes glossary, resources and index
ISBN: 978-0-9639444-3-6, 168 pages, 8.5" w x 11" h
Distributed to booksellers and libraries in the U.S. by Chelsea Green Publishing
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