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Asheville Real Estate Journal: Define a Green Home 

If you have been reading Asheville Greenolina's Blog for even a short time, you will know that it centers around healthy homes, land, and living. Not long ago, a reader asked me to define a "green" home.   After all this time, I realized that possibly I had  not done here it is: 

Definition of a Green (Healthy-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 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, let's call in the Experts! Possibly this VIDEO where  Dennis Creech, the co-founder and executive director of Southface,   a nonprofit organization that addresses the need for research and education in energy policy, sustainable technologies and applied building science, offers his views will be of value to you.  Says, Mr. Creech, "Since the definition of green homes remains a bit fuzzy to consumers, and since strong consumer demand is critical, green builder programs need to educate consumers as much to the benefits as to the technical features of green home building."







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Hi janeAnne~ Thank you for taking the time to define a Green home for us and including the helpful video and links.

As someone who wants to live a greener life and contribute to the health of our planet, I am grateful to see Green home building becoming more main stream rather than being dismissed as a trend!

The evolution of green living and green built homes is inevitable thanks to champions like you.

Best regards,

Posted by Judi Boad (ACCURATE REALTY GROUP) almost 9 years ago

janeAnne-great video, Dennis Creech is a very good spokesperson for sustainable development and building, I enjoyed listening him.

Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 almost 9 years ago

Hello janeAnne and Vegas Bob is all for "Green" and thank you for posting this video ...

Your post has been featured at one of my favorite groups ...




 VB ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz almost 9 years ago

"What makes a green home green?" is a question I get A LOT and I seem to jump to the "it depends" or "there's many shades of green" type responses.  I'm looking forward to when we green is described more as the smart way of doing this.  In Orange County, CA where we have a lot of conservative residents, green can get a hippy, tree hugger vibe which pushes people away.

Posted by Evan Little, Eco, Live/Work, Sales and Management (Surterre Properties) almost 9 years ago

Evan is right, there's "greenwashing" everywhere.  I think becauae 1st, it's a marketing that people know if they just say green will get attention, even if not very effective.  Second, it's because there are no guidelines.  Third, lack of knowledge by professionals - Realtors don't know, and by consumers - they are confused.  Gasp.

We need more blogs like this for sure! Thank you JaneAnne


Posted by Cathy Criado, Making Real Estate Profitable (Criado Realty ) almost 9 years ago

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