Santa Fe Real Estate: FAQ On Green Homes

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Santa Fe Real Estate FAQ On Green Homes

A new trend in Santa Fe real estate today is all about making existing homes more green and building green homes. What is a green home? In general, a green home is environmental friendly in its design and energy efficient in its use of natural resources. A green home begins with the intention of reducing a home’s impact on our environment and on our health.

Homes in America now are responsible for 22% of the total energy consumption as well as 21% of total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. By taking advantage of passive solar construction, green building technologies, built with local materials, photovoltaic renewable energy systems, environmental friendly or xeriscape landscaping to reduce water use and green renovation improvements; your home’s use of energy can make in reducing the carbon footprint.

Like any new concept, the key to understanding and implementing the change is often all in the words. Here are some common ones connected to green homes.

  • Carbon Footprint is the total amount of carbon dioxido (CO2) producted that supports and sustains human activity,
  • Energy Star is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consumer program which endorses products from all kinds of appliances and other products that use energy with an Energy Star (blue) logo,
  • Gray Wateris the waste wash water we create every day in our bathroom sinks, showers, kitchens, washing machines where only biodegradable soaps are uses. When this water is recycled we reduce the demand of fresh water,
  • LEED is the green building rating system for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The rating system is designed by the US Green Building Council and
  • Xeriscaping is a water conversation form of landscaping using drought tolerant plants, shrubs, trees and ground cover.

For more information on the City of Santa Fe’s new green building code updated in January 2012 for residential homes, click here.

If you are interested in purchasing a green home or land in Santa Fe to build a green home, contact us for experienced professional help and information about our Santa Fe Real Estate market. If you want to search for current homes, condos, land and ranches on the market, go for a easy map or list search of current properties on the market. Or if you know Santa Fe is on your radar and you are ready to talk Santa Fe everyday, call Emily Medvec at 505-660-4541 to arrange for a brief phone consultation on current market trends and to schedule showings in advance of your visit.

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Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Excellent and informative post...needs to be a featured one!

Jun 24, 2012 08:29 AM #1
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Li, thank you for your support with fingers crossed.

Jun 24, 2012 08:33 AM #2
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Emily green homes seem to becoming more and more popular everywhere, and is a concept that should continue to grow.

Excellent job on this post.

Jun 24, 2012 09:57 AM #3
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Emily, This is a great explanation of what a green home is. Thanks.

Jun 24, 2012 10:29 AM #4
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Luxury Division Specialist

And here I thought it had to do with the color of my house.  But seriously, this is a very deep and intense story. 

You will certainly have deer in the headlight looks from throwing all this at a buyer at once.

Jun 24, 2012 11:14 AM #5
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

George, love your line... "concept should continue to grow"

Debbie, more and more people are asking about green homes. The resale value is often a big part of the reason.

Kevin, green homes can be green too. Given Santa Fe does already have a green building ordinance in place, we find many of our boomer relcoation buyers are asking about "green" homes.

Jun 24, 2012 11:28 AM #6
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


This is a good post. We all have to shift our way of thinking and become more green. I'm thinking about getting Green Certified. It's the wave of the futur and you covered the story well!

Jun 24, 2012 04:09 PM #7
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