We're interested in a green home; either one that is built green or one that can easily be retrofitted. Why?

Asked by Marianne, Stoughton, MA Fri Jan 4, 2008

aren't there more of these on the market? Any leads? We would like to live in eastern Massachusetts. We're finding that there just aren't as many green homes around as we thought. What are we missing?

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Melanie Nard…, , San Francisco, CA
Fri Jan 4, 2008
I attended the West Coast Green Home building expo a few months back and there were 2 pre-fab homes at the show among lots of other green home building products, here's a source that has a product list: http://www.buildinggreen.com/menus/
I'd say you could also research and talk with architects who are specializing in this area, and who are LEED certified. Hope this helps.
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Gordon, , 01468
Tue Jun 10, 2008
I have a lot that the owner is getting ready to build a "Green" home. In fact he wants to go way out on a limb and build "off grid". This home would be totally self sustaining, No more paying "the man" for oil/electric/propane/ect. This location is a litte further east in Phillipston. Convient location but still very private. If you would be interested in this type of home please call me, Gordon, 978-410-5248

Here is a link to the builders site as well:
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Mark Tavenner, , 01450
Wed Feb 6, 2008
GREEN is getting Hot. I am a realtor in Groton MA. I have a development That is big on green Solar, Awesome insulation Copperesmith Way in Townsend. Selling Ok because of the energy savings
Web Reference:  http://www.Soldnew.com
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William Brok…, Agent, Jamaica Plain, MA
Sun Feb 3, 2008
Marianne, sorry to jump in so late, but you might want to educate yourself on the wonders of modular, prefabricated solutions. I'd check out http://www.fabprefab.com. Look at the section of homes currently in production. Some are a little out there, but most are amazing. They even have great homes that are built in consideration of dense urban lots. They can be expensive, but you can start as cheap as 35K for a basic shell without windows, finishes, etc. My personal favorite is a design by Michelle Kaufman called the "Breezehouse" which is getting a lot of publicity. I think it was even built on the front lawn of the Museum of Housing in DC. There is a local modular co. in MA as well. They're called Empyrean and they built the Dwell Home among others. Hope this helps. Feel free to check out my website if you end up looking for a lot to build on! http://www.TheBostonHomeTeam.com
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Jeanne & Jul…, Agent, Hyannis, MA
Fri Feb 1, 2008
YES!! Go green when ever possible..tax benefits...save the earth if you can
check out my website for FREE info: www. JeanSOLDMyhouse.com
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Jonathan Bow…, Agent, Stoughton, MA
Mon Jan 7, 2008
This is a brand new market for builders. Although there is growing demand for green properties, not enough builders have embraced the concept. More and more builders will jump on the bandwagon as demand increases. It'll just take some time. Good luck with your search, Jon
Web Reference:  http://www.bowenboston.com
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Veronique Me…, Agent, Boston, MA
Fri Jan 4, 2008
Congratulations on your wish! I hope to see a day when it will just be common request from buyers.
I wrote an article on "green houses" recently and here is the link for your review: http://www.rehubbub.com/blog/author/vero-mendelson/
You may find some interesting suggestions on how to turn a regular home into a greener home. Also, check with banks as some of them are proposing "green mortgages".
Good luck!
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Stanton Homes, , Raleigh, NC
Fri Jan 4, 2008

There aren't many green homes because, basically, it's more expensive to build a green home than a standard home. As people become more aware of environmental issues, I think the demand will increase, which will cause an increase in supply. In the meantime, there's a lot more buyers willing to spend an extra $5K on granite countertops than spend that same $5K on a rainwater collection system or energy efficient lighting.

I've written some Industry Information articles about some different Green Building options and what the cost for each of these is in my market - that might get you started on some idea of the costs involved in green building.

It can also be expensive to even have a new home certified as a green built home, which involves some extra, third party inspections and qualifications.
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Carl Johnson, , Amherst, NH
Fri Jan 4, 2008
I am in New Hampshire and am also surprised by the lack of interest in such homes. Although I do think interest is growing.

I had gotten involved with an Energy Star certified builder a few years ago and he built an Energy Star certified home which is a more energy efficient home. It just so happened that fuel prices Peaked at that time to 3.00 a gallon. It was a huge issue. I thought that the timing was perfect and I did a lot of marketing to promote the efficiency of the home. I was shocked that I did not get any calls about it. When buyers did call about the house and I mentioned it was Energy Star rated. Not one seemed to care. Total ambivalence. I was shocked.

I am now running into more people who are asking about Green Homes. I think this is because our energy problems are at front and center stage nationally and people feel it is only going to get worse.

The problem is that people are very enthusiastic about building "Green" until they learn that it costs more to build these homes, So ultimately I think you do not see it because most people are not willing to pay any amount of premium for a better more efficient home. But again, I am seeing more interest in this and this will eventually translate into more people building Green.

The other issue I have run into is everyones definition of a Green home is different. Some want all natural non toxic renewable materials to be used. Others think it is energy efficiency and geothermal. Which is fine. But I find I have to ask buyers what they mean by green construction. Some simply use that term to mean that they do not want any carpeting in the home!
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