Builders, buyers and lenders get new guidance for valuing green homes


The value of homes built to new energy codes should be reflected in the appraisals for lending, and appraisers can use new information from the Appraisal Institute to reflect better buildings.


First net zero townhome complex meets its energy use goals

The zHome was the first net zero energy townhome complex in the United States, and two years of real data shows the homes actually produce as much energy as they use

Recirculation pumps deliver hot water on demand

Recirculation pumps can slash wasted water and energy, and also deliver hot water right when home occupants want it.

Residential green home building will have higher prominence at Greenbuild 2015

Greenbuild will feature a variety of residential offerings at the 2015 event.

1970s rancher undergoes high performance makeover

A dated 1970s era ranch home underwent a deep remodeling job and went on to win a top green building award and helped educate a community on green building.

High performance home will be erected onsite for Greenbuild Expo

A factory-built home will demonstrate the latest in high performance home technology and building science at the 2015 Greenbuild Expo.

High performance home features high performance fiberglass windows

For any high performance home, windows are a major factor in the energy efficiency equation.

Energy Star Appliances and Electronics at the heart of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

The owners of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis wanted to make their home energy efficient, and a host of appliances and electronics from LG Electronics are helping them do just that.

System-built home is aiming for Passive House certification

This home, named the "Cech House", is expected to be the first pre-certified Passive House Institute U.S. residence in Michigan.

Mid-mod mashup goes for net zero energy

One renovation in a historic Mid-Mod neighborhood near Denver is grandly reaching for net-zero energy.

Geothermal HVAC meets homeowners' desires for IAQ and comfort

Geothermal heating and cooling ranks as one of the most energy efficient options for all types of homes.

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NAHB study: strong market outlook for green homes

Over half of home builders expect to be doing 60 percent or more of their new homes green by 2020, according to the new Dodge Data & Analytics’ new SmartMarket Report.

Realtors: green home features increase value and marketability

The demand for green homes is growing and today's consumers want homes and communities that are environmentally sustainable and resource efficient, according to The National Association of Realtors.

New guidance available for LEED Materials & Resources Credit 4

New procedures for manufacturers to achieve recognition for the environmental, health and safety management of hazardous ingredients within the supply chain are on the way.

New spray foam insulation adds recycled content for LEED points

Demilec debuted Heatlok XT, which contains more than 20 percent renewable and recycled content.

Steel-frame prefab homes built to exceed manufacturing standards

In Canada, Green Terra Home has designed modular, factory-built home to exceed the Canadian Standards Association Group A2777 building standard.

Classic-style faculty residence earns LEED Platinum, other green certifications

The Taft School residence in Watertown, Conn., was the first in the state to achieve the USGBC LEED BD+C for Homes Platinum certification using the new and more stringent version 4 rating criteria.

Study: homebuyers more willing to pay for high performance green homes

With American households spending around $230 billion each year on energy, the real estate market is beginning to recognize the true value of high-performance homes.

Top 15 environmentally conscious Florida homebuilders recognized

The builders were recognized for their conscientious green building efforts in creating healthier and safer homes and a more sustainable Florida.

New guide helps lenders understand high performance buildings

The new guide highlights the four components of value: revenue, occupancy, operating expenses and risk.

TOTO receives first Declare label for plumbing products

As more homeowners, builders, and green building certification programs emphasize material health as well as performance, manufacturers are committing to product transparency.

Colorado Zero Net Energy Home also built for low maintenance

Recently built in the mountains of Fraser, Colorado, the home is situated at 8,000 feet with an average annual temperature of 34 degrees F.

Energy Department names winners of Housing Innovation Awards (photos)

The U.S. Department of Energy presented the 2015 Housing Innovation Awards to 24 industry leaders and 27 winning DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes.

New high performance row homes feature reduced electromagnetic exposure

A Seattle row home development features not only many high performance aspects but also reduced electromagnetic field exposure.

Grant will fund Passive House certified affordable housing development

Buildings that meet the PHIUS+ standard use 60 to 80 percent less energy for heating and cooling compared to comparable conventional buildings.

Whirlpool named to corporate sustainability index

Whirlpool Corporation has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability and natural resource efficiency with inclusion on the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index.

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Learn about the many certifications and accreditations that are available in the green home market, including USGBC LEED, Energy Star, Partnership for Advancing Housing Technology (PATH), Cradle to Cradle (C2C), Greenguard, Green Seal and more.