Fite Shavell & Associates is pleased to announce that Realtors, Maggie Sarubbi and Victoria Brewer have received the National Association of Realtors’ ”green” designation. This makes them your “go to” advisors on energy trends from listing and marketing your home to finding your “dream green” home.
To illustrate the growth in green building, in 2007, U.S. construction starts totalled $2 billion or .3 percent of the construction market. By 2010, the market value of residential green homes is expected to surge to $20 billion.
Interestingly enough, Florida is the number two state behind Texas in new “green” construction starts according to the Mcgraw Hill Construction Co. All around us we are seeing green from Frank McKinney’s triple certified green mansion in Manalapan to the new Max Planck research facility in Palm Beach Gardens which will be Certified Gold.
Being green is all about lowering your carbon footprint or the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases you generate annually. Among other factors, this involves: your household energy and water consumption; your driving habits and use of public transportation; your food purchasing vs. home growing; as well as your consistency in recycling products.
A new calculating tool by Eco Hatchery offers a great way to determine your household and personal carbon footprints vs. the U.S. averages. Take the test at www.greenresourcecouncil.org under Resources. You’ll need to reference your utility bills to obtain the results.
Listed below are a few ways in which you can lower your household carbon footprint and save money at the same time:
-Buy native plants to reduce water needed
-Use permeable pavers instead of cement walkways
-Use low-VOC paint products to reduce air pollution
-Use CFC lightbulbs
-Install a tankless water heater system
-Buy Energy Star appliances
We’re just scratching the surface in this blog entry. Stay tuned for continuing “green blogs.” And for more immediate information, contact your “green” real estate professionals here at Fite, Shavell & Associates.