Philip Beere, founder of Phoenix development company Green Street, was named Green Remodeling Advocate of the Year at the NAHB Green Building Conference last month.

His commitment to sustainably remodeling foreclosed homes along Phoenix’s new light rail line has led him to certify five remodels to the NAHB’s National Green Building Standard, including one in the Pierson Place Historic District, which achieved Emerald certification and won the NAHB’s Green Remodel of the Year Award.

Beere is also a LEED-AP and an educator for the USGBC, AIA, and ASID, and has produced a green remodeling DVD, available here.

He has found that high-performance, energy-saving homes are more in demand now than before the Phoenix area’s market downturn, especially in close-in neighborhoods.

“All of our Realtors are telling us that the response to green houses is great; some here are selling in less than three days,” says Beere.

Learn more about Beere’s strategies for profiting from green remodeling in the video below.


Jennifer Goodman is Senior Editor Online for EcoHome.