From an environmental standpoint, I'd encourage it. I'd love to see every new home built with LED lighting wherever possible, automatic ultra low ev blinds, ultra low ev windows, and all sorts of other things to reduce energy usage. And also, older homes remodeled with the same technology. I'm not holding my breath for it though.
I believe part of the problem we face with having cheap green tech is the opposition by large oil and natural gas companies. Anything that would threaten their profitability is likely to have a long road to success. And green technology is a huge threat since they haven't gotten their feet firmly into it yet. So until they figure out a way to get a good foothold in the green market, things probably won't change much at all.
If you're going green in your home building or remodeling, it is something you've got to be prepared to do because it's the good thing to do, not necessarily the profitable thing to do. If enough companies jump on board so we can start seeing cheaper products to help us go there, the profitability will change. But I don't think we'll see lots of houses going that way until it gets much cheaper to build that way.
Been there with current homeowners that have asked me about converting to solar, tankless systems. they actually think that they will save thousands of dollars every year, when infact there would be NO savings for the first 6-8 years.. and then like 100 dollars a year.
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When undertaking this type of a project thorough research is necessary. I have an example of a green modern house right here in the Hudson Valley that failed to sell. Getting a good handle on style and size will be key.
It is also important to consider the local economic conditions and, speaking of green, one of the few solar companies in the area just laid off its workforce.
Will green housing thrive? Yes, eventually, but it is not there yet.
The trend I'm seeing is for a relatively smaller home to be built, one that is efficient and easy to maintain, but does not compromise with respect to details and featues. As mentioned by the two great agents before me, the design needs to be right for our area. More specifically, the right things need to be in the right places. Kitchens and baths are important, as are the demographic you will be targeting. Who is this green and modern home for? Who is the likely buyer? I have my answer to that, and would love to share with you my top 10 design aspects to consider when building these types of homes.
Again, the trend may very well be leaning away from the older, more charming farmhomes, with new momentum in the direction of more sustainably built homes that offer the 'must have' conveniences every buyer desires.
Best of luck in the New Year!
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