04/05/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Future-Proof Your Home: 5 Tips For Greener Remodeling

Here are five remodeling "future-proofing" tips experts recommend. Before you...
1. . . . Tear down sheetrock or take off siding.

Figure out where you can beef up insulation, particularly in exterior walls, basements and attics. Today there are multiple forms of insulation, many promoted as "green," including soy-based foams, loose-fill cellulose (recycled newsprint) and denim. Go for the highest R-value (thermal resistance) -- typically, the bigger the number, the better the insulation -- you can afford and fit with proper installation.

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