WHAT is a Green Home ???

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Asheville Real Estate Journal

WHAT exactly is a Green Home?- On healthy homes, and living - how does one define a “green” home?

Definition of a Green Built Home

A green home consists of an integrated, holistic system designed to take into serious account the wellness of the home owners, on many levels…from the aesthetic to the very practical. A special note: I am particularly fond of this type of construction for the sustainability factor- great for those who desire lifelong homes- aging in place.

 A Green-built home (or green renovation) takes into account, to name just a few things-

Increased value via selected improvements 

Improved energy efficiency( improved by 30 to 50 percent compared to code for heating, cooling, hot water, lights and appliances)

Thoughtful site planning and  orientation to take advantage of natural energy sources

Reduced storm-water runoff (this protects local surface-water resources)

Native vegetation (this can work to limit irrigation needs)

Enhanced indoor environments including indoor air quality (IAQ), moisture-resistant construction designed to control entry of radon and other soil gas and outdoor pollution sources.

But, to expand on this, here is a group of videos you may find of interest.   They come from Southface a nonprofit organization that addresses the need for research and education in energy policy, sustainable technologies and applied building science.


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Comments (5)

Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

I am working directly with a builder here that is using the BIBS system http://www.bibs.com/

for insulation...are you doing that there ???

Mar 01, 2013 04:34 AM
Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

I've always thought of green homes as ones that take a little less heat and ventilation, or run off of a little solar power.

Mar 01, 2013 04:50 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Thanks janeAnne.    I hope you don't mind me sharing this on my FB page.  

Mar 01, 2013 07:51 AM
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Good evening janeAnne, this is a great post on describing what a green home entails.  Well written and thank you for sharing.  Love the native vegetation!!

Mar 01, 2013 09:34 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


Your life mission to build green is applaudable. You walk the talk and you're doing great to get the word out. I applaud you and respect what you are doing. And what's most exciting is that you're not just walking the talk locally, you're an advocate for sustainability that must change the mindset of the people throughout the world.

Mar 01, 2013 08:04 PM