Green Design Archive

The Housing Supply Is Looking Greener

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Green building is moving into the mainstream. About one in five homes — or 20 percent — built last year were “green,” according to a study by McGraw Hill Construction. What’s more, researchers...
July 1, 2013

Financing Green Remodels: The Ins and Outs of Energy Efficient Mortgages

By Mark Scheets, Guest blogger What is an Energy Efficient Mortgage? Energy efficient mortgages (EEMs, sometimes known as “green mortgages”) are loans that allow home owners to finance energy-efficient upgrades for their current home or in a new home...
June 10, 2013

The ‘Prius Effect’ on Home Sales?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine More studies are showing the power of green on boosting sales prices. In the most recent study, University of California researchers found that green-certified, single-family homes sold for $34,800 more — or 9...
October 8, 2012

Can You Retrofit Older Homes to Increase Resale Value?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine About 130 million homes were built prior to energy codes and are in need of an energy retrofit, panelists said Saturday at the session New Tricks for Old Homes during the REALTOR Conference...
November 13, 2011

Make Those Green Features Count: Appraisers Add ‘Green’ Form

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Green or energy-efficient features in a home often don’t get factored into appraisals. But they can be an important selling point in a home, and many home owners say “green” should count when...
October 24, 2011

The Appliance May Be Energy Efficient, But Is it ‘Most Efficient?’

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Home buyers are increasingly reporting they want more energy savings, and plenty of homes are promoting “Energy Star” home appliances to help satisfy that desire. But some say that too many appliances are...
September 6, 2011

The Latest Innovations in ‘Green’ Homes

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Green building and products continue to gain traction in real estate, and some of the latest “green” products not only are helping home owners trim energy bills but also making their homes work...
June 29, 2011

Home Improvement: Solar Energy Adds Extra Value to Homes

By Rhone Resch, president & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association Warm weather tends to draw people out hunting for a new home or to inspire others to make home improvements. It turns out home owners with solar energy systems...
June 16, 2011

Solar Panels Can Boost Home’s Resale Value, Study Finds

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Home owners may write off solar panels as too costly (installation can cost upwards of $15,000), but a new study suggests that installing solar panels can pay off. Researchers find that solar panels...
April 22, 2011

Sizing Up Homes in a Different Way: New Homes Get Rated on Energy Use

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine More new homes now will come with energy labels that estimate monthly energy bills, allowing buyers a different way of shopping for homes. The energy labels have been compared to the miles-per-gallon ratings...
February 28, 2011