In the last ten years, “green real estate” has become the buzzword phrase among a growing number of realtors, architects, builders, and ecologists. Homebuyers want to leave as small a carbon footprint as possible and are drawn to an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient home.
But what exactly does “green real estate” mean? Is it worth the price? Some “green” homebuyers ready to make one of their most significant investments want to avoid harming the environment. They ask, “what’s in it for us?”
Let’s look at green real estate to learn its benefits.
Green Real Estate Explained
Buyers seek economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Qualities are attainable while fostering ecologic balance by involving designers, architects, engineers, builders, and buyers.
The three features of a green home are:
- The efficient use of energy, water, and other resources
- A healthy environment.
- Reduction of pollution, waste, and environmental degradation.
Here are Seven Great Reasons to Go Green
Green homes often use such recycled products as decking made as recycled plastic and wood fiber decking. These decks last five times and don’t require painting or other care. Such ease of maintenance adds to the appeal of your home when you’re ready to move on.
According to a study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, a 2000 square foot home produces 8000 lbs. of construction waste.
Experienced green home builders reduce waste and reuse as many materials as possible. Unused materials can be sold to a local recycled goods retailer at and lower cost.
Building green produces the least possible impact on the local ecology. Keep many trees as possible and build with them in mind. Save money on cutting and have more summer shade and beautiful scenery.
Open space in the design plan allows flexibility as your family grows and your needs change. For example, you can convert the hobby room into a playroom.
Air quality in a green home is free from toxins and pollutants of higher quality and easier to breathe.
Children are particularly susceptible to respiratory infections and asthma from poor air. Adults often complain headaches and constant colds in older homes with indoor pollutants. A clean environment aids health and boosts productivity.
Using recycled products offers creative options in design and furnishing: an old shed door becomes a coffee table. Instead of hardwood floors from old-growth forests, consider the beauty and distinction of bamboo floors. Use antiques to give your home a comfortable feel.
You will save money on your home and increase its value, a huge consideration when you are about to make one of life’s significant investments. Consider the effects of a green home on your bottom line:
- It gives you an edge with buyers when it’s time to sell if you can point to green features, such as solar panels.
- Better insulation, energy efficiency, and Energy Star appliances save you money on monthly utility bills.
- Proper appliances and fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen conserve water, save money. Low-flow irrigation systems send water efficiently to your lawns and plants.
Go green with your next home, and you can’t lose. You’ll live healthier, save money every month and add long-term value to the house. Plus, you’ll have bragging rights when the conversation turns to global warming and the environment.
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