Green buildings’ footings take hold

It is interesting that the DP presents this story about energy-efficient construction the same week that I start the Eco-Broker course. There is so much to learn, and I am hoping that I will be one of the few to embrace this trend early. (I will be the second in Cville) “Green,” or sustainable housing can only grow in market percentage.  Using energy wisely and conserving where/when possible is in everybody’s best interest.

There are several so-called “green” builders in the Charlottesville area; we seem to be at the forefront of this kind of movement.

From my EcoBroker course material (see if you think of Charlottesville, too):

Marketing the energy and environmental features of real estate may be more naturally successful in communities which are already aware of the financial, environmental, and comfort-related benefits of other greener products and services. 

The success of the organic food market is an example of consumer support for healthier lifestyle choices and sustainable practices. Understanding the markets in which the organic food industry has flourished provides insights into markets that may more readily understand the benefits of energy efficiency in real estate. As a result of increased awareness and current activity in related industries, there are geographic markets which have a higher propensity to emphasize energy-efficient and environmental design features.

What is a “LEED certified home“? Why would you want to buy a “green home”?

Some of the Piedmont Housing Authority’s new homes are going to be energy efficient. Crozet has the first fully-compliant energy efficient home in Virginia.

Some simple steps one can take to make a house more efficient.

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