An energy efficient home is an important investment, and for some of our clients it is the biggest investment their family will make. When we discuss our high performance homes, we keep our main focus on the cost savings benefits because energy efficient homes are unique in that there is a return on investment.
However, the “icing on the cake” if you will, is that our high performance homes are also considered, and many times are certified, green. This means they have all of the environmental advantages, for both the indoor living environment and the environment at large, that come by way of green building philosophies such as energy efficiency, durability, and superior indoor air quality.
When meeting with our clients, however, every one includes some modicum of green in their home plans – be it from the use of Energy STAR lighting and appliances throughout, to a full caulk and seal package you find with many new homes, our clients often come to us asking for a least some green feature if not a entire green home.
According to a recent survey by Green Builder Magazine, our clients aren’t unique in their requests. In fact, according to their survey results, the majority of people, nearly 60%, consider themselves “green” in some regard. And an overwhelming majority – almost 80%! – said that a green rating or credential would be an important consideration if they were in the market for a home. And when it comes to improvements or renovations, the respondents also showed they knew their stuff when it comes to energy efficiency. The top five home improvement projects the respondents stated they would embark on were all related to improving air flow and insulation, including projects such as sealing the house, adding insulation, and upgrading the HVAC system.
You can see more results from the survey by visiting the article on greenbuildermag.com, and taken all together it is great news to see that more and more people are beginning to see the overwhelming advantages to green building.