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Green Housing Market Growing

Green Housing Raises Resale Potentials

We call it “Green” but in reality some building concepts we call Green are not only practical but often born from ways of old. Conserving water was practiced on most homesteads, and today’s Green builders are examining the sod homes of the past for modern building techniques.

The grass covered homes of the ancient Vikings and Iceland (where sod walls and roofs are still in use) gave modern builders in Germany their concept for green roof technology over 30 years ago. Green roofs are natural producers of energy, clean water and air. Throughout our cities green roofs are now utilizing once forgotten space on top of buildings, creating cooler temperatures which helps conserve energy and many of these roofs have become elaborate, peaceful spaces for humans to enjoy.

The green housing market has continued to grow and in 2012 these projects accounted for 20% of all the homes built. By 2016 this number is expected to rise to as much as 38% according to researchers. No longer a choice of only the hippie or back to earth crowd, green building has now moved into the projects of big builders such as KB Home and Nexus Energy. The federal government, states, utility companies and towns are offering tax credits and rebates for improvements that reduce energy use.

Green housing for many larger builders means homes with 5% to 10% more building costs and utilizes concepts such as “Passive House” which focuses on airtight buildings combined with ventilation systems to bring in fresh air without losing heat or cool air from the house. These homes use 90% less heating and cooling than normal modern homes.

But for those with less budget building a home which is green friendly can be as simple as using recycled components, reclaimed shipping containers, clay, straw and creating a green, living roof. Every small bit helps our environment.

In our rising market and more earth conscious society, even if a green home costs more initially, the resale potentials may prove to be another viable reason to go green. A 2012 study at the University of California found homes in that state with a green label sell for about 9% more than comparable homes less ecological. This 9% increase in selling price offsets the original higher costs of building.

Colorado has been home to many pioneers in the building of green homes and off the grid living both small and large scale. Colorado Mountain College Green Building Academy offers courses for professionals and clean energy certifications at both their Aspen and Rifle campuses. Garfield Clean Energy provides a contractor locator and other valuable information on their website.