Qualities of a Green Home.

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Real Estate Agent with Realty Executives BRIO

Location:   Must NOT be built on environmentally sensitive sites like prime farmland, wetlands and endangered species habitats, ideally in walking distance to transportation, shopping, groceries, banks, post office, library, etc. (less use of gas)

Size:                 Larger home=more resources/more $ 

                        Smaller home=less resources/less $

Building Design:  takes advantage of natural light (less need for artificial lighting), shaded from direct sun

Green Building Materials:  non toxic building materials,  low- and zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints and sealants, use of salvaged and recycled material,  use of rapidly renewable resources such as bamboo and FSC (forest Stewardship Council) certified wood.

Windows & Doors:  seal their openings tightly to avoid heat gain in summer and heat loss in winter.

Energy Efficiency: A green home has energy-efficient lighting, heating, cooling and water-heating systems. Appliances should have ENERGY STAR® ratings.

Renewable Energy:  Ideally, the home should generate some of its own energy with technologies like photovoltaic systems or wind energy

Water Efficiency:  water-conserving irrigation system and water-efficient kitchen and bathroom fixtures, Rainwater collection and storage system.

Indoor Air Quality:  The HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system should filter all incoming air and vent stale air outside.

Landscaping:   drought-tolerant plants rather than water-guzzling plants, organic garden

 

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Rainmaker
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ARDELL DellaLoggia
Sound Realty - Kirkland, WA

Do you have a good list of drought resistent plants that do well in Seattle?

Oct 02, 2008 10:34 PM #1
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What do you consider green in terms of insulation? I know there are many new concepts.

Oct 02, 2008 11:12 PM #3
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Ashley Berg
Realty Executives BRIO - Seattle, WA
Seattlenulls Green Real Estate Agent

ARDELL:

Here is a great resource...

Drough-tolerant Plants for Pacific Northwest Gardens

How are things?  I noticed you're in a new office.  I hope things are well.

Oct 02, 2008 11:13 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Mike Hogan
RE/MAX Commonwealth - Mechanicsville, VA
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Ashley- Good synopsis especially for those not familiar with green building at all.

Oct 05, 2008 06:36 PM #5
Rainer
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Ashley Berg
Realty Executives BRIO - Seattle, WA
Seattlenulls Green Real Estate Agent

Amanda: There are alot of new concepts when it comes to healthy and green insulation choices.  I decided to post a blog on it rather than answer you in the comment space.  Please feel free to check it out...

Think Pink? NO! Think Green! Healthy and Green Insulation Choices.

Oct 09, 2008 07:19 PM #6
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great idea!

Oct 11, 2008 10:43 AM #7
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