Renovating? Go Green!!

Reblogger Lynda White
Services for Real Estate Pros with Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How

Many of our clients are new construction, and have questions about how to build their homes so that there isn't such a drain on our environment. Here are some really good tips for doing just that, courtesy of Lisa Von Domek.

Original content by Lisa Von Domek TX License #0552989

Renovating your Home the Green Way

Day in and day out, I am asked the same important question from homeowners as they undertake renovations throughout their residences: “How can I make my home green; more environmentally friendly?”  

As a designated GREEN real estate professional by the National Association of Realtors; as well as, Certified Green Building Professional (CGP) by the National Association of Home Builders, I know that it’s not only the right thing to do from an environmental standpoint, but that renovating with green materials and appliances will be a key selling point down the road if they choose to list their home.  

Following are just a few suggestions I can give to these green-minded homeowners:

  • Consider using bamboo, cork or eucalyptus flooring products in place of more traditional flooring materials. They mature in roughly half the time of hardwoods and are an affordable and durable option.
  • Use wood alternatives or FSC-certified wood products in your cabinetry materials.
  • Consider locally-sourced products when possible to reduce carbon emissions during transportation.
  • Install low-flow toilets and faucets for more water reduction throughout the home.
  • When shopping for appliances, look for the Energy Star label; you might be surprised at the growing number of appliances that now carry the label.
  • Use eco-friendly paints, stains and finishes that aren’t made up of volatile organic compounds, which give you that woozy feeling after painting and contribute to pollution. If you aren’t sure if the paints you’re considering fit the bill, ask the supplier – or ask your Real Living Sales Professional to help you figure out if the paint you’re using is environmentally friendly.
  • Reuse scraps. If you have leftover flooring, cabinetry or countertop material, keep it around. You never know where or how you could reuse these materials in the future.

 

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Lucas Taylor
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Thank you for the great education. I learned so much from your post.
Sep 26, 2012 12:42 AM #1
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Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
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Thanks Lucas, it was originally Lisa's post and I learned from it too. I know bamboo floors are becoming more popular but didn't know why. I saw a home with black bamboo flooring and it was spectacular!

Sep 26, 2012 12:53 AM #2
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Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
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Thanks Richard! My husband used to install geothermal HVAC systems and I'm surprised more new homes don't have those.

Sep 26, 2012 01:18 AM #4
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Lisa Von Domek
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Hello Lynda,

Thank you for the reblog, I love getting the Green word to everyone.

And, I agree with you on the geothermal HVAC - I have this in my home and love it.  Unfortunately, the installation expense is still higher than regular systems so the market hasn't run with the idea (yet)!

Sep 26, 2012 07:12 AM #5
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You're welcome Lisa. I agree that the installation expense is more than most people want to pay, but they don't realize that they will recoup that when they don't have to pay such high heating and cooling bills. 

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