green building: Green Building Becomes Mainstream - 05/18/10 12:56 AM
Green building and remodeling broke into mainstream culture in the past decade, leading to a changing home landscape across the nation. As this landscape changes, trends are changing as well. So, just what are the trends to be on the lookout for in green housing? Earth Advantage Institute, a free standing nonprofit organization acting as the Northwest's premier green building program, has identified 10 trends that you'll see in 2010.

The first of these is the smart grid and connecting home. This terminology means, simply, that energy usage now has some accountability. "The development of custom and web-based display panels … (0 comments)

green building: Green Your Home with Cost-Saving Remodeling Tax Credits - 05/01/10 04:29 PM
 
Home owners who purchase qualifying water heaters, windows, air conditioning units and other appliances, insulation and roofing can be eligible for tax code section 25C tax credit, equivalent to 30 percent of the cost. There's a $1,500 overall limit for purchases made in 2009 and 2010.
 
 


As the 40th anniversary of Earth Day was celebrated last month, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reminds home owners that they can use fewer resources and save money by taking advantage of federal energy efficiency tax credits through the end of the year.  
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green building: Green Design Trends in 2010 - 04/05/10 11:57 PM
This kind of "reverse growth" is a blessing when it comes to cost savings. The average U.S. household spends around $1,900 a year on utility bills. The U.S. Department of Energy says green ways can cut your bills by up to 25 percent. Functional design is a good place to make big changes.

The recession may have you staying put instead of moving up. Let's look at what the experts say are some of the green design trends for your home in 2010.
The American Institute of Architects reports that "without the rapid appreciation in home values seen between 1995 … (0 comments)

green building: Central New Jersey Green Designation Realtors - 04/18/09 12:58 AM
 We have one of the largest local databases of Central New Jersey builders, new home community real estate, and real estate related information on the Internet. You will be able to find all your local NJ real estate needs here while gathering information about your new home purchase.  Our realtor's commitment, pride and extensive specialized knowledge has earned us a strong position in the market and we invite you to call us when buying or selling a home.
 

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green building: Environments for Living Certified Green Homes Inspired by GE's Ecomagination Program - 04/15/09 12:02 AM
These high-performance, energy- and water-efficient homes are remarkably comfortable, designed to help homeowners reduce their utility costs and allow homeowners to track their use of energy and water. A 2007 Energy Source report states that 86 percent of recent homebuyers said they would choose an energy-efficient home over one that was not energy-efficient.

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green building: Home Technologies & Green Designs Helping Builder Profits - 03/25/09 02:58 AM
The survey showed that builders have increased entertainment-related offerings such as multi-room audio (69 percent) and home theaters (74 percent) in 2008. Home theater installation was up eight percentage points in 2008 and was the only category that did not decrease or remain the same in overall installations. Home technologies, as well as green design trends drew more than 60,000 builders, remodelers, architects and other residential construction professionals to The New American Home® 2009 during the recent International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. Constructed by Las Vegas builder Blue Heron and designed by the architect firm Danielian Associates of Irvine, Calif., … (0 comments)

green building: Tax Credits Boost Incentive for Greening American Homes - 03/03/09 11:07 PM
Green is good, and the Obama Administration and Congress believe it should be an integral part of pulling America out of its economic doldrums. According to the National Association of Home Builders, expanded tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements in the new economic stimulus package puts more money in consumers' pockets by providing financial incentive for home owners to go green on their renovation projects in 2009 and 2010. While more efficient homes save on water and energy bills, these tax credits will make such home upgrades even more affordable.

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green building: Awarded the National Association of REALTORS®’ (NAR’s) Green Designation - 02/28/09 06:51 AM
Paul Stillwaggon and Patricia Cornish with Weichert Realtors/ New Jersey Estates has been awarded the National Association of REALTORS®' (NAR's) Green Designation, the only green real estate professional designation recognized by NAR.

 
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green building: Builders and Financiers Partner on Environmentally Responsible Buildings (Green) - 02/18/09 01:20 AM
The $100 million fund focuses on assets that can be retrofitted, repositioned or redeveloped for greater energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. Plans for the renovation illustrate that any building can be retrofitted to be both economically and environmentally sound. "Currently, the downtown Las Vegas submarket is home to only one new LEED Certified office building. The one existing LEED Certified property is maintaining the highest rental rates in the submarket,"

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green building: Tips for an Eco-Friendly Holiday - 12/15/08 11:21 PM
It's hard to believe, but according to Robert Lilienfeld, co-author of the book, "Use Less Stuff: Environmental Solutions for Who We Really Are," between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, Americans throw away a million extra tons of garbage each week. During the season of giving, it sure seems like we're taking a lot from Mother Nature. Here are some suggestions of ways to go green this holiday season, and you just might save some green in the meantime.

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green building: Green Counter Tops Tell An Eco-Friendly Story - 11/29/08 10:51 AM
Upgrading kitchens is one of the best ways to increase value in your home. Deciding to remodel the kitchen using green recycled materials can add extra appeal. It also gives homeowners a good feeling knowing that once-wasted materials that are generated from glass manufacturers are now being put to good use.

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