Environmentally Friendly Real Estate

Posted by Steve Bayard on Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 6:12am.    1665 Views

"Green" and Happy Home Owners?

A recent survey finds that the majority of green homes are satisfied, love their homes and would even buy another green home in the future.

GuildQuality, a customer surveying company for residential real estate, recently published a report that 94% of home owners who purchased a National Green Building Standard (NGBS) certified green home built within the past three years said they would recommend a green home to a friend, and 92 % stated they'd be "going green' again with any future home purchase. Home owners were most pleased regarding their significantly lower utility bills, energy efficiency and better insulation according to the survey.

What exactly is a "Green House"? 

The components and materials used to build a green home are not universally agreed upon. There are no official national standards on what constitutes a green remodel, beyond non-profit certification.

Widely accepted, however, in general, a green home is a type of house that is built or remodeled in order to conserve "energy or water; improve indoor air quality; use sustainable, recycled or used materials; and produce less waste in the process." This may include buying more energy-efficient appliances or utilizing specific building materials that are more efficient in keeping both cool and heated air inside the structure. For instance, Low E windows with Argon Gas are very efficient for insulating and conserving expenses for heating and cooling, while other materials like cork (which is naturally anti-microbial and great for bathrooms) or bamboo are uses and as they are readily renewable resources they are considered environmentally friendly.

The main focus on green houses is definitely the pocket book for most, though, concern for the environment is a burgeoning trend.

Wikipedia on Green Houses

"The original major modern turn to the green building movement began in the 1970's, after the price of oil began to increase sharply. In response, researchers began to look into more energy efficient processes, following in the wake of the earlier environmental movement. Many different organizations sprung up in the 1990s in order to promote green buildings and some were also dedicated to improving the knowledge of consumers so that they could have more green homes. The International Code Council and the National Association of Home Builders began the paperwork in 2006 in order to create a "voluntary green home building standard"

The GuildQuality report, commissioned by the National Association of Home Builders, also found  71% of respondents believe that green homes construction are of higher quality, and 90% were very satisfied knowing they "did the right thing" in buying a green home for both their finances and the for the environment"Historically, studies have focused on interest in green among buyers in the market or on trends as reported by industry professionals," said Matt Belcher, Co-Chair of NAHB's Energy & Green Building Subcommittee and a builder from Wildwood, Mo. "While that's certainly important information for all those in the industry, it doesn't always get to the heart of what new buyers want to know, which is: 'How satisfied are green homeowners with their decision?' This data provides groundbreaking information that can be of value to the general public as well as the industry."

"Historically, studies have focused on interest in green among buyers in the market or on trends as reported by industry professionals," said Matt Belcher, Co-Chair of NAHB's Energy & Green Building Subcommittee and a builder from Wildwood, Mo. "While that's certainly important information for all those in the industry, it doesn't always get to the heart of what new buyers want to know, which is: 'How satisfied are green homeowners with their decision?' This data provides groundbreaking information that can be of value to the general public as well as the industry."

If you're looking for a home in the Greater Dayton Metro area or Miami Valley including Beavercreek, Centerville, Kettering, Lebanon, Xenia or other great community, I'm glad to send you listings and show you homes. If you have particular interest in a Green Home, I'll pleased to assist you with that as well.

Steve Bayard - Your Greater Dayton Area Realtor

Email me or give me a call: 937-241-7542

3 Responses to "Environmentally Friendly Real Estate"

Tamara Leach wrote: Very interesting article. This is the wave of the future in home building and re-modeling.

Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 8:44pm.

Tim Parker wrote: Great Post Steve. I also posted about energy efficient homes http://www.ohiohomesandrealestate.com/blog/understanding-energy-efficiency-in-residential-homes.html. It is the future of how homes are going to be built. This is true for many reasons, the largest is because that is what the demand of home buying public is turning to. Green homes and remodeling are great for the environment, AND incredible for the home owners pocketbook!

Posted on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at 4:29pm.

Greg Hancock wrote: Love it and can confirm it too, my biz partner Marty and I hear it more and more that folks want very efficient materials and construction with both saving money and being kind to the environment goals in mind. I hope this trend continues, and better construction/materials equals home that hold value better over the decades!

Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 9:38pm.

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