Asheville GREEN Real Estate- Buyer's Broker says, "GREEN building goes mainstream."

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"So, tell me," my silver-haired client with a printed copy of my article from janeAnne's Blog on Trends in hand asked, "I have read in Barron's , but I want to know what you, my REALTOR thinks....Is it true that there really is a trend toward green building these days?" She continued by way of explanation, " You see, I am 72 now. I am on a  clock. If there's a trend, then maybe  there are more green builders around who could help my family and me."

 Yes, my friend. There IS a trend toward designing, constructing, and operating high performance "green" buildings. And yes, too, more and  more,  developers are enrolling in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) classes to learn how to select environmentally responsible locations, reduce the negative impact on natural surroundings and benefit you with a healthier indoor environment.    LEED  promotes a "whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health:

1)sustainable site development    
2)water savings
3)energy efficiency
4)materials selection
5)indoor environmental quality

"Finally! It's about time," she cheered. "My daughter and I are thrilled.

We have heard about the whole system approach. Could you tell me about the LEED rating system," she continued with a smile. "You see, we were looking into buying a new home where I could have my own quarters and my daughter and husband and the twins all could live.But I didn't quite understand about the LEED rating system the builder mentioned."

The LEED rating system for new LEED for Homes helps builders to implement the seven criteria for creating healthier, greener, more efficient homes and register for LEED certification.   Certification meeting prerequisites and performance benchmarks . There are a number of levels builders can achieve. Projects may be are awarded Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum certification depending on the number of qualifiers they meet.

Resources:

'Wall Street Goes Green, '  Barron's December 2006  serious real estate market shift is gaining energy and momentum because green building is going mainstream

The U.S. Green Building Council

For interesting information about Healthy Built Homes including
the Gold, Silver and Bronze Ratings Scale
click here.

You will also find references to the rating scale at these links on my BLOG:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/22301/What-Makes-Healthy-Built

http://activerain.com/blogsview/18679/Demand-for-Healthy-Built

http://activerain.com/blogsview/33247/What-REALTORS-Do-for

 

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Jan 15, 2007 07:12 AM #15
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Thanks for sharing, I like green development.  One of my earliest post was about possible the greenest house in the North East.
Jan 15, 2007 07:49 AM #16
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wow janeAnne, that is impressive (the PBS story)  How wonderful is that??  I can't wait to have a testimony of my own like that one day.  In the meantime, I'm learning from some great folks here at AR.  I'm loving it!
Jan 15, 2007 09:54 AM #17
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Christy...You mentioned..."My mind has been overworked. ...so, I am interested in your "sense" on the info you find when you follow the links.  ...Sometimes your mind can fool ya'...
Jan 15, 2007 11:17 AM #18
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Ann.. Great news on your library...According to a new study by PinnacleOne, a construction consulting firm, almost half (48%) of public owners in the United States have implemented construction projects with energy-efficient designs in the past year. .
Jan 15, 2007 11:24 AM #19
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Jeff...any suggestions on bridging the gap?  The stats say (see comment above, too) that we are close now. Last I heard from one ECO builder here in the Asheville area...there was only about a.75 cent difference per square foot. Maybe I will do a poll of the Green Building Council members ..let ya' know (??)
Jan 15, 2007 11:30 AM #20
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Phylena...How did you like the home? Here in Asheville (Buncombe County) North Carolina, we are seeing ahuge surge in demand because of product excellence. Right now there are 22
"green" / NC Healthy Built Homes  ready to go. They range in price from $265,000 to about $2M.

There are currently 38 certified HealthyBuilt Homes and 378 "in progress" in the Western North Carolina area.

Jan 15, 2007 11:39 AM #21
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Jason...THANKS for sharing this information...you wrote

...The industry average estimate is that going green only represents an increase of 2-5% of total construction costs.  Plus, the expectation is that those costs are offset by the energy savings.  To that end, banks will lend additional funds to homebuyers buying green under the EEM (Energy Efficient Mortgage) program on the assumption that lower untility bills will allow the homeowner to be able to afford a higher mortgage payment.

I just visited your very classy web site! Jason. As you say...these buildings are "high performance...high design." Great graphic example at the link above.

 

Jan 15, 2007 11:42 AM #22
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Arlene...Very kind of you! Thanks. It's just about understanding the difference between fads and trends. I believe we are seeing a trend toward a win-win situation in the real estate market.
Jan 15, 2007 11:50 AM #23
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Bill.. As you say..."when building design makes fiscal and economic sense changing over to green building is inevitable." That's why those of us who are daily working with clients and investors need to keep a good watch on the inevitable.
Jan 15, 2007 11:53 AM #24
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Jennifer..Oh please let me have the link..and/or post it over at the ECO-friendly GREEN SCENE so that we can find out about green things in your neck of the woods ;-+..better yet..hope you (and others who have commented) will do the same and join us there.

Jan 15, 2007 11:56 AM #25
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Maggie. I have learned so much from our colleagues at AR. Besides the ECO-friendly GREEN SCENE, I have also made friend-connections across the nation. In addition, AR has brought me and my ECO-Team at our firm referral business, and last month, as a result of an editor finding me at AR, I have been asked to write an on-going column for a print publication that covers North Carolina and Georgia markets. So keep on here!
Jan 15, 2007 12:02 PM #26
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janeAnne thank you for getting this information about 'green' building out to more people. There is a tendency to think of the concept of sustainable building as 'new'. However if we check out some of our own cities and other countries we can find buildings constructed hundreds of years ago that are still serving their original purpose. A few generations back people thought of building their homes to last for their children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It's time for us to return to that mental construct.
Jan 15, 2007 01:48 PM #27
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Sami...I really appreciate your perspective...As you say, " A few generations back people thought of building their homes to last for their children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It's time for us to return to that mental construct. "

Do you find that your clients are getting this sense, too?

Jan 16, 2007 09:03 AM #28
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janeAnne. I visited all the links you offer as resources and found them to be very helpful and informative. Do you know if there are certified homes in the Asheville area?
Jan 23, 2007 06:38 AM #29
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John...There are about 22 Healthy-Built Homes on the market in the Greater Asheville area.
Jan 29, 2007 03:17 PM #30
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janeAnne It is encouraging to have this dialogue happening. When I was living in a strawbale structure in Patagonia, Az. in the early 90's the community of folks who were into alternative building were more the 'outsiders'. Now the concept of building 'green' has gathered enough momentum to be accepted by the building developers on a wider scale. Hip Hip Hurrah!
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Thanks for the post. I became an EcoBroker arond the first of the year. I found it to be the obvious connection with my old life in holistic health and the one I started almost two years ago in real estate. My non-AR blog is ValueAndComfort.com, with the thought that greater value and comfort can be had with green real estate.

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Sami~

You're an  Eco Certified professional...so  when you tell me, " Now the concept of building 'green' has gathered enough momentum to be accepted by the building developers on a wider scale. Hip Hip Hurrah! " I', listening!! and adding 3 cheers.

Jan 18, 2008 02:45 AM #33
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Bruce~

Good point:  You commented, " ...greater value and comfort can be had with green real estate." THAT is a concept many folks these days are catching on to...

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