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How to Help Appraisers Fairly Value Home Energy Efficiency Improvements

In 2013, we published a blueprint with the National Home Performance Council that outlines a seven-step…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on March 6, 2014 at 9:49am — 10 Comments

Making the Invisible Visible: Valuing Energy Efficiency Improvements in a Real Estate Transaction

Often, when homeowners make improvements to an existing house, the most important aspects of home performance – including safety, comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and environmental impact – are literally invisible during key steps of any home sale or refinance transaction.

One result is that energy…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on August 19, 2013 at 1:44pm — 3 Comments

The New Granite is...Siding! Really?

My friends in energy efficiency have been patiently waiting for granite to fall out of favor as the sexiest way to improve your home, and add value when you…


Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on February 19, 2013 at 8:59pm — 1 Comment

Getting What It's Worth - Green Home Value

EcoHome Magazine provides a great case study on a home builder that takes the extra steps to provide the data points an appraiser needs during a green home appraisal.

Yup, it's too bad we need to take these extra steps right now.  And yup, you'd be crazy not to do the extra work!  The new…


Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on October 7, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Defining GreenMLS – Great video!

Wow. GreenMLS is friendly, fun and adds value when you look at it via an excellent cartoon video!  Kudos to USGBC Colorado and the Governor’s Energy Office in Colorado for breaking it down, making it fun and keeping it real!

Please share with folks who might not be aware of the growing inventory of green/energy efficient homes and how to properly promote them during resale!

Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on October 7, 2011 at 10:02am — No Comments

Are there green premium "Hot Spots"?

There is much talk and some progress towards an elusive premium for green homes.UCLA economics professor Matthew Kahn breaks it down. He uses three criteria to predict areas more likely to have a green premium:

  • High electricity prices.
  • More environmentally-minded citizens.
  • MPG-type labels that certify energy…

Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on September 3, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Wash Post reports on Green is Good for Resale!

Hopefully you caught this article over the weekend. It has been picked up and repeated like crazy!  


Kenneth Harney of the Washington Post wrote a column entitled Is green good for home resale?  The article highlights studies from Seattle, Portland and California.  It offers nice perspective on why these…


Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on August 29, 2011 at 9:01pm — No Comments

Energy Efficiency Climbs into the “Must Have” List for Homeowners

Slow and steady wins the race. And over the past few months, energy efficiency has quietly been grabbing the media coverage from it’s sexy cousins the Renewables, like solar, wind and geothermal.

Early this month I reported that green as in wallet (saving money) was hot.  Now the July issue of Realtor Magazine is reporting that saving money is …


Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on July 16, 2011 at 12:44pm — 1 Comment

My Friend the Smart Meter

I am an unabashed supporter of smart meters. While testifying about energy efficiency at the European parliament, I logged into my home’s smart meter (in California) and showed them my current energy use. The members of Parliament were so impressed—none of them had ever seen output from a smart meter—that I may have influenced energy efficiency legislation in Europe. I teach a course about energy efficiency at the University of California, Davis, and I make every… Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on January 1, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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