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How to Identify a Green New Construction Build

by Robin Troy 11/14/2021

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There are multiple trends in green home building these days, so much so that it can create confusion as to what a green home actually is. People might claim that their home is sustainable without actually qualifying how. We'll look at the parameters and how to identify an environmentally-friendly home that works for you.

What Is Green New Construction?

A green home is one that was built to be sustainable. This doesn't necessarily mean zero-waste, in that the building is reusing every possible resource. Green homes use responsibly sourced materials that are environmentally friendly or recycled.

Admittedly, this definition is still fairly vague. There are no set standards as to what a green home is, but all green construction follows the same basic goals of conserving energy and water while promoting better air quality.

Today, homeowners might be eligible for local, state, or federal tax breaks for incorporating green technology into their homes. If you were thinking of building a green home, this could be a significant help in affording the cost of construction.

What Are Some Examples of Green New Construction?

New construction is often the only option for people when it comes to sustainable homes. While retrofits are popular in many areas of the country, remodeling is sometimes impossible based on when the home was built, its configurations or the materials used. For instance, a home laden with asbestos is unlikely to be eligible for a green retrofit.;

Instead, buyers look to new homes that make the most of available technology.

  • Heating/Cooling
    This might mean the home is built with a solar-panel roof or uses a geothermal HVAC system. Both of these sustainable solutions make use of our natural environment (e.g., the sun, the Earth's core), thereby reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and electricity.
  • Recycled Materials
    Glass bottles can be turned into bricks, old jeans can make for great insulation and shed bark can be made into siding. These are just a few examples of recycled materials being used in green homebuilding. So while you might not spot someone shredding denim on a construction site, you may notice that the new materials look different from their traditional counterparts.
  • Glass
    Inventions like smart glass and low-e glass were designed to absorb heat in the winter and reflect it in the summer. While smart glass is still primarily in development, the idea is that it can use Wi-Fi to monitor the body heat within the room. It can then distribute heat without a homeowner having to adjust the thermostat.
  • Roof
    If you notice that the roofing materials of a home look a little different, it might be because it's a cool roof. These use a type of reflective paint that can lower the temperature absorption of a roof by 50 degrees. Considering your roof can reach 400 degrees Fahrenheit in the right conditions, a cool roof can lower not just the temperature in your home, but the temperature of an entire urban area. Because cities are often plagued by smog, all the absorbed heat from roofs can become trapped under the carbon layer. By reducing the saturation of the roof, green home technology helps to stop the problem in its tracks.
  • Going Local
    Sometimes green homes are just those that use local materials. Some popular eco-friendly materials such as bamboo still require a large energy expenditure for transport around the world. To that end, more producers are thinking of how to adapt these materials in local markets in order to increase sustainability.

How to Spot a Green New Construction Build

Spotting a green new home isn't always easy. You might just think that the cool roof is a new design or that the low-e glass is regular glass. Other things, like solar panels, are easier to identify. Most builders/developers advertise use of green materials and methodologies, so you may be able to glean this information from signage or other marketing. When in doubt, you can always inquire with the company itself to learn more about their practices.

About the Author

Robin Troy

No two homes are identical, which is why choosing a sales price or offer price for a home can be challenging. That’s where the comparable market analysis, or CMA, can be useful. What is a CMA? The CMA is a side-by-side comparison of homes for sale and homes that have recently sold in the same neighborhood and price range. This information is further sorted by data fields such as single-family or condo, number of bedrooms, number of baths, zip codes, and many other factors. Its purpose is to show fair market value, based on what other buyers and sellers have determined through past sales, pending sales and homes recently put on the market. How is the CMA created? CMAs are generated by a computer program supplied by your real estate agent’s multiple listing services (MLS). The MLS is available to licensed members only, including brokers, salespeople, and appraisers, who pay dues to gain access to the service’s public and proprietary data, including tax roll information, sold transactions, and listings input by all cooperating MLS members. Listing agents generate CMAs for their sellers, and buyer’s agents create them for their buyers so both sides know what current market conditions are for the homes they’re interested in comparing. How accurate are CMAs? The CMA is a here-and-now snapshot of the market, based on the most recent data available, but it can instantly be rendered obsolete by a new listing, or a change of status in a home with the same criteria. Why? The market is constantly changing – new listings, pending sales, closed sales, price reductions, and expired listings. CMAs can vary widely, depending on the knowledge and skill of the person inputting the search parameters to the software as well as the number and type of data fields that are chosen. That means some features may not be included. As informative as the CMA is, it should only be used as a tool and should not substitute for your real estate professional’s knowledge and advice.
In order to inform you about the current happenings in today's market, I have prepared this comparative market analysis (CMA) especially for you. There are many properties on the market today, and each has different amenities, sizes, and values. By reviewing this CMA, you will have the information needed to price your home in the appropriate range in today's market.

My company is dedicated to maintaining a professional, trustworthy relationship with our clients. One way this can be seen is through this Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) which you hold in your hand. This CMA compiles the most current and accurate information relevant to the sale of your home. Seeing that this is perhaps your most valuable asset, it is imperative that you be equipped with the most complete information possible related to the pricing and marketing of your home.
The real estate market is always changing and as a result, I regularly attend training sessions and events to further my knowledge and be sure that I am focusing on current conditions that affect today's buyers and sellers. This type of training is imperative if I  am to be successful in obtaining top dollar on home sales. My goal is to make sure that I satisfy the special needs of all of my clients and at the same time make the process and transactions go as smoothly as possible
A little info on me:

Licensed since June 1997.

Completed the SRES, & GRI courses as well as the ABR course.

Adept in contract drafting, negotiation, market research.

Small Business owner since 1982

Alumni of SBM (3-year course at LCC Small Business)