ANSI Gold Award Winning Remodel to be Dedicated on Wanda Lane
May 1, 2010

HomeAid Houston’s Gracewood remodel project was recently awarded the first Gold ANSI (American National Standards Institute) certificate for a green remodel in Texas.  This award winning HomeAid project will be dedicated May 10th, at noon, marking the completion of the remodeling process.  The facility is located at 7511 Wanda Lane, Houston, TX.

ANSI defines green building standards for single and multifamily homes, residential remodeling projects and site development projects while still allowing flexibility for regionally-appropriate best green practices.

“It is a tremendous honor and accomplishment to be awarded the first Gold ANSI certificate for green remodeling in Texas for our Wanda Lane project,” said Michael Strong, president of Brothers Strong.  “The team committed from day one to make this residence a healthy, safe environment for Gracewood’s deserving mothers and their children.”   Gracewood, a charity associated with Children At Heart Ministries assists single mothers and their children who are experiencing hardship that could otherwise result in homelessness. They provide a safe, loving environment and assist in personal development through counseling, job training and educational classes.

HomeAid Houston, a Greater Houston Builders Association charity and Brothers Strong, a pioneer in green remodeling in Houston, partnered with GHBA members to remodel Gracewood’s Wanda Lane project.  The 3600 sq. ft. remodeled home will soon house four single mothers and their children. The remodeling effort incorporated green features that resulted in the Gold ANSI certification.  Features included ELK cool roof, energy-efficient Pella windows, General Electric appliances, radiant barrier paint by Sherwin Williams Paint, blown cellulose insulation by Diversified Thermal, Pex plumbing system installed by Z&C Plumbing, and two Rinaii tankless water heaters. The vendor companies donated materials, labor and services to the project.

Green standards required for a Gold ANSI certification were applied during the entire remodel and relate to site work; the building envelope such as framing, sheathing, windows, doors and insulation; interior finishes such as flooring and paints; HVAC;  electrical and lighting; kitchen and bath products such as fixtures, appliances and countertops, and the landscaping.

HomeAid partners with GHBA builder members and vendors to construct transitional housing for the homeless. Vendor donations of materials and labor have made it possible for HomeAid to provide 390 beds to the homeless community in Houston caring for over 4200 individuals. For more information go to