This past week another developer contacted me through Active Rain. More and more it seems, developers are focusing on the advantages of green/sustainable design and development. These could-be-green developers want to know more than the statistics. They ask about items that are important to their home and land-buying clients -
Ecosystem and Context
Energy and Resource Efficiency
Attractiveness and Curb Appeal
LEED and/or Other Green Certification (such as the Greater Asheville Area's WNC HealthyBuilt Certification.)
So today, I'm starting a series on eco design and development. I'll will take a look at LEEDS® and/or HealthyBuilt® Certified residential eco-communities from the perspective of trends, price ranges, development sizes and amenities, as well as the ecosystem-sustainability, development/construction impact- and green-built features and benefits.
FIRST. . .the STATS. Though I'm focusing here on Asheville, NC, www.asheville.com please note: Other AR members tell me these STATS also are coming into play in their areas, as well...so this could be a good heads-up to Eco Certified® Real Estate Consultants, REALTORS® and ECO Brokers®.
Number of Greater Asheville Area Eco-community/ WNC HealthyBuilt® eco-communities
Current : 15 +/-
Planned : 15 +/-
Price Range for Residential Properties in WNC HealthyBuilt® eco-communities
$ 225,000 to $3,500,000 +
Size of various WNC HealthyBuilt® eco-communities and Planned Eco-developments
Small - infill projects can be on in-city 2-3AC Lots Zoned appropriately
Very Large Projects -on thousands of acres where more than 50% is
placed in conservation easement
Amenities- Range from walkability and community organic gardens to rock climbing and are geared eco-friendly lifestyle choices.
TUNE IN TOMORROW for more about Development Impact, Construction Impact and the
Ecosystem Context. Inquiring minds interested in details on specific eco-friendly developments? Let me know. ALSO...please let me know your STATS and I'll include them in this series.
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