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Get Your Greens!

 Get Your Greens!     

Your Mama may have told you, "Get Your Greens!" She probably was referring to something leafy when she said that. As an eco-adventurous REALTOR® here in Asheville, NC., you probably already guessed that I'm referring to something else- what else but homes and land?

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So when I suggest you "Get Your Greens!" I'm talking eco-innovation in terms of the products that feed and improve the quality of your life. They come in many shapes and sizes. And the way they are "green" is varied. As the US Building Council says, "  They are energy or water efficient; they use healthy, non-toxic materials; they are made from recycled or renewable sources; they make current products you use more efficient or more durable; and they are recyclable or biodegradable, among many other things."

Of course, advertising "green" or "organic" does not always mean that something is what the advertiser markets it to be. I'll write more about that later in a post on "greenwashing", but in the meantime, here's a list of resources I've checked out for real estate professionals and our clients. Possibly you canuse it to shed some light on what shade of "green" your intended product IS.

Resources:   

OIKOS:   One of my personal favorites, out of Bend, Oregon, this site offers Green product information and lots more. . .

GrenSpec Directory  "Lists product descriptions for over 2,000 environmentally preferable products."  

GREEN BUILDING PAGES   "A sustainable building materials database and design tool for the environmentally and socially responsible designer, builder and client."

GREEN2GREEN   "Free environmental and practical data about any Green-Building Material or practice."  

THE GREEN GUIDE. From National Geographic ( with caveats) .

GOOD TO BE GREEN . Find product information and people here.

 

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Comments

Thanks for the resources......,,,,,,,, you are truly ...... helpfully ......green
Posted by Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago
Hi janeAnne,  I've actually only seen one of these sites.  Thanks a bunch!!  I always looking for new sites to check out. These are great resources.
Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) over 10 years ago

Jane Anne,

You may want to add to your this list. I just did a post on my blog about: Green Certified Home Inspections. I hope you like it.

Posted by Don Rider, Shreveport Bossier Home Inspector (EZ Rider Home Inspections LLC.) over 10 years ago
janeAnne...these are some great links! Thanks. You keep changing your picture and when you pop up on my list....I don't always recognize youLOL A woman of many faces!
Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) over 10 years ago

JaneAnne:

Thanks for the tips and the resource information it is very helpful.

Posted by Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin (Austin Texas Homes) over 10 years ago

jane Anne,

You are now my favorite face on Active Rain. I am watching you, but not in a stalker sort of way.  

Posted by Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Michael~

It's always good, seems to me,  to have some research links at hand. I love to know good links and share them-Thanks for your kind comment...maybe that's why  GREENolina  is my nickname =)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Stephanie~

You always surprise me with research-you have done that has created whole new worlds of information for me...so Glad to be helpful.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Don~

Hi...I went to the link you provided...good INFO! THX...Here it is:

MoveInCertified.com's Green Certified is a designation for homes that use design features, technologies and products that:

 

  • improve energy efficiency,

  • reduce pollution,

  • provide healthier air,

  • increase comfort,

  • reduce water usage preserve natural resources,

  • increase durability,

  • make a home quieter,

  • reduce maintenance,

  • lower monthly costs, and

  • improve resale value.

Green Certified homes are healthier, more environmentally friendly, and economically smarter that average homes.

 

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Joni~ 

Feel free to add links you have found that intrigue you!..
I keep changing my photo with the seasons...=)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Alan~ 

You are most welcome! Also good INFO ovoer at the Eco-All-Stars Group...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

janeAnne,

Thanks for looking at my post and the information. It is very good information, and once you have a green certified inspection, not only do you know where your home stand. It also give you a three page report of things you can do to have your home become more green .

Posted by Don Rider, Shreveport Bossier Home Inspector (EZ Rider Home Inspections LLC.) over 10 years ago

Don~

 Could you give us a few examples of what might appear on that three-page report? That could be so helpful! I'm wondering if you might point out things that might not be "standard" suggestions (such as light bulbs)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

janeAnne,

I am includin a link to Go Green, This is a 20 question that is only a small part of the whole report. It does give you some specific things to look at. http://www.moveincertified.com/gogreen

I hope this helps some, if you or anyone else would like, I can email a copy of the report.

Posted by Don Rider, Shreveport Bossier Home Inspector (EZ Rider Home Inspections LLC.) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the resources janeAnne -very, very helpful!

Posted by Rhodes Waite about 10 years ago

Very nice list of links!  I will check them all out.

Posted by Suzanne Champion (N.J. Realty - Westerville Ohio) about 10 years ago
Thanks janeAnne for all the great websites...this is bookmarked!
Posted by Cynthia Bartch, Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) about 10 years ago

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