Building Green Homes

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Real Estate Agent with Elite Realty NW - Keller Williams, Vancouver Washington

Vancouver Wa real estateLast night I had the opportunity to attend a seminar on Building Green Homes that was sponsored by and held at the Earth Advantage offices in Portland, OR. Although Janice and I are real estate agents here in Vancouver Washington, We don't mind making the drive down to participate in Earth Advantage events.

Michael R. Klement, the principal of Architectural Resource, was the speaker for the evening. For those who aren't aware, Michael and Architectural Resource are responsible for the first LEED Platinum remodel in the Midwest.

Michael spent 2 hours discussing green building techniques that are currently being used in new construction as well as remodel projects. I walked away with two new realizations.

 1. I am amazed at how green we are getting with remodels. Designers and builders are teaming up to create some wonderful green  remodeled homes.  They are taking a holistic approach to these projects and building homes that work as complete systems. These are not the "Additions" of the past. Every aspect of the project is planned in advance and built to strict codes. (LEED) When these homes are finished they are much more efficient than many of the new homes that are "Claiming" to be green. I am not just talking about Energy Star appliances  and tankless hot water systems. Some of these projects include insulated concrete form foundations, energy recovery ventilators, tankless hot water systems, geo thermal heating and cooling systems, advanced framing techniques, hot roofs, and water gathering and recycling systems. Walls aren't torn down anymore, they are deconstructed and the materials are often time repurposed elsewhere in the project. Although a project like this isn't cheap, it may be the answer for folks who want to live in a green home but can't afford to buy a new one.

 2. The economy and our current market conditions may actually be helping to promote green building. I am not an economist (I only play one on TV! Just kidding) and I am not going to attempt to discuss those forces. What I can tell you is that building has slowed considerable in the past 18 months and builders are looking for ways to differentiate themselves for the rest of the competition. Green building is a natural next step for them. Also keep in mind that although building and real estate has slowed down, technology is still progressing at full speed ahead. That should bring prices down and make some of these things more attainable for the average buyer. I think that is a good thing!

  

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Todd Clark
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Mark, I'm in the process of renewing my license and one of things I looking at for non required learning is getting my eco certification. I am starting to get a lot more people asking me about green housing. (I had green fridge in college, but that was something completely different)

 

Mar 13, 2009 02:20 PM #1
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Mark Hall
Elite Realty NW - Keller Williams, Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
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Todd,

Was it green on the inside? or???

I think that you would have a real advantage down in Oregon if you had your EcoBroker designation. I am not a big believer in having the entire alphabet behind your name on your business card but this is going to be huge for the future of our business.

 Good luck!

mark hall vancouver wa real estate 

Mar 16, 2009 07:32 PM #2
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I'm not answering the first question on the grounds it could prove I was a slob in college.

But, I think you are right about the eco designation and the present market here in the Northwest.




Glad to see you are back!

Mar 17, 2009 12:28 AM #3
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Laura Bellcoff
New Tradition Homes - Vancouver, WA

Mark,

I came across your posting regarding green building.  Great for you for attending a seminar at Earth Advantage! I work for New Tradition Homes, and as you probably have heard, we are the largest local green builder. We are Earth Advantage Gold and Energy Star Certified, so if you have any clients in the area interested in owning a brand new green built home let us know! We have green certified agents and a building science team to help out with your clients needs and questions.

Thanks,

Laura Bellcoff

Mar 25, 2009 05:17 PM #4
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