Price of Building Green homes

Green Home Building IdeasGreen homes have come a long way in the last few decades, and green housing is quickly shifting from an “alternative” way of building to the mainstream…and it’s only growing greener. According to a survey conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction, green builds in the residential sector made up 17% of construction in 2011, totaling $17 billion in economic activity, and the residential green building market is expected to grow five-fold by 2016

This is good news for builders who are looking to distinguish and expand their business in the recovering market. It’s also good news for people who are interested in building the home of their dreams as a certified green home or with green home elements. With the expanding green markets, there are a slew of options for consumers that improve the quality of their home, reduce energy costs and have a decreased environmental impact. Even better, the reported costs of building a green home have gone down significantly. Builders report that the cost to go green is now 7%, as compared to 11% in 2006.

Dropping costs in green technology are helping to make green housing a popular trend and available to more and more homeowners. Many green home products and technology can now be purchased right in your local hardware store. Even well-known national homebuilders are beginning to offer green home options and choices for their home buyers.Green Home with plants as a living roof These green building concepts are being put to work for homebuyer customers at all price levels. Read more about the trend here.

If you’re planning to build a new home, here are some green home building ideas you may want to consider:

Build Smaller

No matter how green you build a large home; a smaller home with the same energy-efficient and eco-friendly construction techniques will have a smaller environmental impact. That doesn’t mean that you need to restrict yourself to building a humble cottage instead of an expansive dream home, but be thoughtful about how you use your space. Plan your home around your lifestyle, and keep the space manageable and cost effective. Think of square footage as an investment; put it where you want it most instead of expanding in every direction.

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In addition, Seton will seek a national green building certification for the hospital.

Stamp of approval brings global opportunities to local building companies  — eco-business.com
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Housing Change  — Journal Review
The building will achieve the silver level of National Green Building Standards for energy efficiency. On the exterior, it will contain a courtyard, rooftop patio, garden area and picnic area.

Santa Cruz planning panel endorses La Bahia Hotel plan  — Santa Cruz Sentinel
The hotel will be constructed to the city's green-building standards and may seek national green-building certification, French said. Some speakers raised concerns about preservation, traffic, parking and the public trade-offs.

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What's happening to home prices in Green Valley?

Green Valley home prices have been declining as have the prices in the rest of the Las Vegas valley, however, this is still a desirable area and demand has remained high.