2014 NW Green Home Tour Kicks Off
As this year winds up, a group of very dedicated people are working hard on the April 26th NW Green Home Tour for next year. Using the previous 3 years as a starting template we are bound to have a very successful year. There are more 3rd party certified new homes built this year than ever before. The sheer number of homes being built smart, combined with a growing awareness in the general public and with industry professionals is proving that “green” adds lasting a value.
Appraisers are learning to add a monetary value to the high performance features. Real Estate agents are being trained in numbers before previously unseen in the systems and special features of green homes. Banks have discovered that green home buyers are less likely to forfeit on their loans. Indeed, there is talk of EEMs and other loan products for green homes coming back in a big way. Some lenders realize the energy savings can skew the lending ratios in favor of the buyer. The value of smart building is being quantified and tabulated monetarily.
Sustainability both financially and environmentally is not just a passing fad, it is actually the future of building. The Seattle area is in the forefront of a national movement. You can own a home built to future codes now. In fact, both the previous 2 and 3 star self certified homes under our Built Green program won’t be an option soon. The energy code is already risen above some of the lower benchmarks. Recently Built Green of King and Snohomish counties have added the highest level yet. The “Emerald” level for homes that are Net Zero or better in their energy performance. You may have driven past such a home in your neighborhood not knowing that not only are the solar panels on the roof generating enough power for the residents of the home, but for some of the neighborhood as well.
Look into the NW Green Home Tour. You will likely see many of the types of homes we have had on the tour in the past years. Some of the tour homes categorized as Passive House, Built Green, LEED, approaching Living Building Challenge, Detached Accessory Dwelling Units, Rain Gardens, Solar Systems, or Permaculture sites.
We are currently recruiting site hosts, sponsors, and volunteers. If you would like to be included please contact us and we can put you in touch with the right person to get your questions answered.
Remember: “A code-built house is really the worst house you can build”. Why not raise the bar, increase your comfort, save money in the shorter term and make more money in the long run. Be an eco-capitalist, while bettering your health and increasing your comfort. In other words pay attention to the triple bottom line.