Environmentalism Makes a Market for Itself
Take this as a fact for your future: green homes will soon be more valuable than non-green homes of a similar ilk. There are countless reasons why you should invest in a green home today, and an increasing demand for green products has spawned an exponentially expanding “green market.” Green-for-green, if you will. As green homes increase in demand, they will become a profitable investment, and so will the companies that contribute to the construction, design, and research of these homes. Here are some of the many benefits of going green:
Less Maintenance & Higher Resale Value
Green building exceeds basic building code requirements by using premium materials that are more durable and often of a higher quality. Green Building methods (better construction, attention to detail) enhance a home’s performance and reduce maintenance and replacement costs, kicking your home’s value up through quality construction.
Increased Quality of Life
A smart, tight design makes green homes significantly more comfortable and efficient than other homes. Green construction also encourages use of products and materials that reduce or eliminate sources of indoor pollution, keeping the air safe and healthy for everyone. Healthier paints, adhesives, and stricter emission and ventilation requirements help to achieve a healthy home.
A Solid Investment and a Better Mortgage
Green homes are more energy efficient and can result in utility bills being up to 65% lower. Green building promotes sustainable communities, a diverse economy and reduces our impact on the environment. Not only are green homes a solid investment, but going green can also snag you an Energy Efficient Mortgage or EEM, which makes it easier for borrowers to qualify for loans to purchase homes with specific energy-efficiency improvements.
EcoBrokers deal specifically with green homes, and organizations like the AEEREP (www.aeerep.org) are uniting to stimulate the green market through education and exposure of green principles throughout the world. After all, the benefits are tangible when you live in a green home: energy costs are lower, homes are more comfortable, and a smaller carbon footprint is left by your home.