Doing some remodeling? Call the Green Building Hotline for tips

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PORTLAND, Ore. - If you're ready to make some changes around your home or business but you're not sure where to start, help is just a phone call away.

Valerie Garrett is an architect who has been in the building business for a long time. These days, she uses her skills as the force behind Portland's Green Building Hotline.

The hotline is a free resource for home and business owners in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties. Let her know what sort of renovations you're thinking about or what issues you're facing and she'll help you find the resources, and even incentives, to make them possible.

Garrett has gotten more than 4,000 calls over the last four and a half years.

"I get a lot of calls about heating systems - what type of heating systems, where do I start if I want to make my home more comfortable, I have a very old home, how do I weatherize it," she said.

If you'd like to meet Garrett in person to ask some questions, she'll have a booth at next week's Sustainability Fair at the Garden Home Recreation Center.