A “Green Home” is a home that has been built, or renovated, to a higher performance standard. In order to market a home as “Green” it must then be verified by an independent 3rd party. These homes will come with a label to certify the home as “green” or a Home Energy Score to show the performance of the home. Some of the more common labels are:
Bear in mind that a green home label must be earned at the time of new construction. These are the homes that were built green and independently verified as they were built. A home energy score can be done for any home.
Renewablue loves to work with green homes, but we also consider one of the greenest homes to be one that is already built. The environmental impacts of new construction are vast. For us, we consider the Renewablue mark to be that of an older home that has gone through our process and taken action to update energy efficiency and add green features. Whether you save 5% or 95% of your energy needs after your retrofit, we’ll provide you with before and after analysis to build your marketing strategy for a higher value, whenever you decide to sell.
: the ability to do something or produce something without wasting materials, time, or energy
“We’re not air-conditioning the whole neighborhood!” This was the favorite line of my mother as I would leave the door open in the middle of a hot Texas summer. The lesson learned is that in order to retrofit a home to be green, the first step is to reduce the amount of energy that is being wasted. The average home in America has enough air leakage to add up to be a two-foot -square hole*. That’s like leaving a medium sized window open, all day. If only Mama Mitchell knew…
*source: Energy.gov, James Mitchell speaker