If you haven't yet read 10 February 2008 article in the Hartford Courant, The Greening of the House Hunt, you can click the title to read it right at the Hartford Courant website.

 

It points out that its just as difficult to find a green realtor who knows what s/he is doing as it is to find a green home in CT. Inventory of green, eco-friendly, and zero-energy homes in New England are scarce. Builders with new inventory do what they know how to do, build traditionally, and green and zero-energy building in general remains as just rhetoric and cliché to them. They fail to realize to build green and with higher energy efficiency would differentiate their inventory from the ho-hum masses. It would motivate a buyer looking at resale homes to look at new homes. Especially if the buyer knew it would cost 50-80% less in energy costs year after year. This is the main reason I founded My Easy Green Home last year.

Currently I am working with 4 clients who are looking for existing green and energy efficient homes. Each customers motivation differs slightly and finding what they want is a challenge. There just isn't a lot out there to begin with and those who own such homes are sellng. There's no easy was to find them in the existing inventory in the professional MLS, however a recent communication I had with the CEO of the CT Statewide MLS was upbeat. The additional of fields helping agents identify such properties will be discussed in the near future and hopefully be added to the statewide MLS within the year. Perhaps I am a bit optimistic, but how else should I think about it? Although I have my methods using smart comment searching to find homes in the MLS, it'd be nice to have them as standard and defined fields.

The clients I am working with right now have mostly prioritized my search on their behalf to:
1. Finding an existing green home;
2. Find one that has the bones and siting to be renovated into one;
3. Find the right site in their desired target area and build from the ground up.

Climate change and the media's recent attention to green thinking is helping everyone become more aware that the status quo cannot continue. A client looking for land this week in our office asked her agent for the name of a "green" builder to build her new home. The general public is beginning to get it. You don't have to be an environmentalist to like not having to pay high energy bills or live in a healthy home.

Some think the house they'd have to build will look like a hippy dome home or something unappealing. That's simply not true! To the world your home will look the same as a conventional home you'd have designed, but to you it will make a world of difference. For instance there are new solar panels available that look just like regular roofing shingle. Now those who want the benefit of solar but don't want to see the traditional panels on their roof can have it both ways. Green is here to stay and its a matter of time for the masses to step up to do whatever they can do passively and actively to lower their energy bills and make a contribution to lower their carbon footprint.

If you haven't yet visited My Easy Green Home please do so.

Although the site is in its infancy and being added to as time goes on, the team and know how is in place to build for you right now! If the customer elects to do enough passive and active means to getting the house to a 75% improved efficiency, the builder will pay for the 1st two years of energy bills. (The terms and limits are being worked on to be fair to all). I have assembled a team of professionals with the experience and know how to simply building your next house green.

I am constantly educating myself on how to build or refit existing homes to be green and energy efficient. I have many links dedicated to the subject here on my site. You can learn about LEEDs requirements, to local and national tax credits and rebates, to sites on various building materials used to accomplish the goal and task. If you have a useful article, link, or any information that I could post on this site, please contact me. I will look forward to your contributions.