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Guides for Green Buyers and Green Sellers



A home that is more energy efficient and healthier, from an indoor air quality point of view, than a house just built to code, is the baseline of a green built home.  This represents a very wide range of possibilities from light (just a bit better than code) to dark green (very efficient, non-toxic, and sustainable) with a bit of bright green (innovation) thrown in for good measure.

Some homes are Green Building Rated by a third party Green Building program such as LEED or Energy Star which are both national green building labels.  However, you may choose to buy or sell a house in an area that primarily utilizes a local green building program that is far more specific to a particular climatic zone.

Lesson One: Green Building is Climate Specific
Some green building products and strategies used in the northerly climes are not green at all utilized in the hot humid south.

Some homes were not built according to the specifications of a green building program but were re-greened along the way and boast of many green features.  If the upgrades and improvements were not designed properly to work in concert, the overall results may not be what the building owner intended.

Lesson Two: Green Building is a Systems Approach to Building:
The HVAC system, insulation, ventilation, orientation, shading, windows, doors, infiltration all impact each other and need to be considered in concert to produce a positive outcome.

When houses are built tighter to improve energy efficiency it becomes of utmost importance to install mechanical fresh air intake systems to maintain indoor air quality.  In addition, the products used in the finish out including all paints, adhesives, floor coverings, wallboard,  furnishings and cleaning products etc. must not contain high VOC levels which most of these products do.  Awareness of energy efficiency has greatly outrun awareness of non-toxic building materials. 

Lesson Three:  A Green Built Home is a Healthy Home
Green Building programs, overall, do not offer a high enough bar to ensure a truly non-toxic living environment.

There are also many other considerations for a Green Home such as walkability, using sustainably sourced building materials, connectivity to public transportation, community gardens, parks etc., as well as the opportunities for a “green mortgage”.

Lesson Four:  Know your priorities as a buyer and your assets as a seller
Researching the sources of such important information about any property can take considerable time and effort.

Based on 15 years of experience researching, building, living in a greener built home and serving scores of clients both green buyers and green sellers, we are preparing our Guides for Green Buyers and Sellers.  It is our intention that no matter in which climatic zone you may be, or whether the inventory of green homes is extensive or minimal, or if you are fortunate enough to find a Realtor® who is educated and experience in the area’s green real estate market, our guides will help you arrive at the best possible outcome for you and your family.

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