How to Buy an Eco-Friendly Home

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Benchmark Realty LLC

From a reduced environmental footprint to lower utility bills, purchasing an eco-friendly home offers benefits to both the buyer and the world around them. For these reasons, finding an eco-friendly home is a top priority for a number of home buyers. But where do you start when it comes time begin house hunting, and what features have the biggest impact?


Getting to Know Area Builders

With the exception of full-home renovations, the most eco-friendly houses tend to be newer construction. A good first step in locating these types of homes is to search for builders or developments in your area with a focus on the environment.


While “green” has been a buzz word in years past, set your sights on something more specific when identifying local builders. Look for companies that use sustainable building materials, energy efficient in-home technologies (appliances, lighting, etc.) and construction-site recycling practices.


Meet the Passive Home

The latest standard in environmentally friendly building is the passive home—a house rated by how energy efficient it is while people are actively living in it. This doesn’t just mean efficient appliances, but rather focuses on an air-tight seal to keep temperature-controlled air from escaping.


Windows are one of the number one features to keep in mind when searching for a passive home. Check for double or triple-paned windows in the houses you’re visiting, as the added glass helps keep air inside the home.


Making Your Own Upgrades

Another factor to keep in mind is your ability to add additional efficiency after purchase. Simple changes like replacing exterior door thresholds to better seal doorways or upgrading lightbulbs from incandescent to LED can make a big difference on both your energy bills and the environment. Additionally, adding smart technologies like remotely control thermostats can be a big help.


Trusting Your Agent

If efficiency and sustainability are top factors you’re looking for in a new home, be sure to let your real estate agent know so they can better tailor the homes you visit to your needs.


If you’re an agent looking to join a team that provides the best for their clients, then you might just be a fit for the Benchmark team. Take our quick online assessment today.

Comments (13)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have found that  you also have to be prepared to pay  a premium to have one built

Nov 10, 2017 05:05 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Congratulations on your first blog post! 

Welcome to our blogging community.

Nov 10, 2017 10:12 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Welcome to ActiveRain!

I like the idea of eco-friendly homes. Thanks for sharing!

Nov 11, 2017 02:44 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello and Welcome to the Rain where we all help each other and learn from each other.


Nov 11, 2017 07:30 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Benchmark Realty LLC welcome to ActiveRain and congratulations on successfully posting your first blog on this site.

Nov 11, 2017 08:55 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Hi Benchmark Realty LLC, Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first blog post. This is a great place to meet, interact with and learn about various real estate markets from awesome professionals.  I looks like the member from Captain Cook is definitely spamming you

Nov 11, 2017 10:42 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Welcome to active rain. Good luck in achieving your goals on active rain 

Nov 11, 2017 01:03 PM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Congratulations on your first Activerain post! The more you blog the more you will benefit.

Nov 11, 2017 04:43 PM
Gordon Crawford
Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team - Morristown, NJ
Your Morris County Specialist!

Welcome to ActiveRain and kudos on your first post.  Consumers are more and more aware of being eco-friendly than ever before.

Nov 12, 2017 04:48 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Welcome to the Rain blogging community! 

Congratulations on your first blog post. 

Nov 14, 2017 08:56 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for the advice, I am into green building, unfortunately though much of what is marketed as eco building is nothing but hype.

Best to be careful and use a lot of common sense when evaluating them.



Nov 29, 2017 10:11 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.
All the best of success to you.

Nov 29, 2017 10:11 PM