This is just Part I of a series aimed at helping Home Buyers around Houston stay up to date on homes available.
The Green Building Movement is moving forward like crazy in Houston right now. For the moment, it sometimes seems that the consumer demand is by far outpacing the construction from Developers and Builders. For this reason, it can be tough to tell people exactly where to find a ‘Green Home’ and at the same time, there is a home out there for everyone.
One item that makes it difficult is because ‘Green’ means something different to everyone. Some believe that it is the materials being used to construct the home, others mean a High Performing and Energy Efficient home while some want Organic Gardens and Rain Water Capture. All of which are phenomenal Green Features.
Let’s go over some price ranges to know what you are looking at right now, today, when it comes to buying Green. This is not a reflection on what I believe Green is, this is what I am actively seeing in Houston’s Green Home market.
Homes under $175,000- This price range happens to be an extremely active one. The Green Features that are easiest to find at this price point are Energy Efficiency. Based on the Year Built some will be more efficient than others. Other items such as Indoor Air Quality, Rain Water Capture, Gardens, Materials Used, etc. can be difficult to find still. However, when I search through homes for clients and potential clients this is something that I keep in mind. These are also items that are easier to change after you purchase the home. Keep in mind, the ‘bones’ of the house are hard to change…along with being expensive. The ability for the home to be Energy Efficient is the beginning and possibly most important anyhow. What makes Energy Efficiency Green is that the CO2 released is considerably less than that of a home built not Energy Efficient PLUS, it saves you money on Utility Bills.
Homes from $175,000 to $400,000- Now we can get in to some ‘Greener Features’. At this price point you can find Higher Efficiency Air Conditioning Units, Solar Panels on New Construction, Healthier Products used inside the home, larger yards for Organic Gardens and so on. There are many builders out there staying ahead in this price point in most areas of town.
Above $350,000- At this price point a Home Buyer could consider building to a LEED level depending on the features that you desire. This is where it helps to know the inventory, builders, developers that are actively looking to Green up their product. Many of the new construction homes available at an extremely high performing and Green level have just recently broken ground or are about to. I will get in to retrofitting homes in another part of the series. There are also existing homes with some’ ‘Green Features’. Again, it depends on what you are looking for.
As homes become available and more builders begin new projects, I keep my list of homes updated. However, it is important to find out what features are most important to you, the home buyer, when looking at what is available. It is also important to know what options you have when looking and that is where efforts are being placed when viewing with buyers. This could mean that remodeling or retrofitting a home is the best thing and most cost effective approach to take. It all depends on your needs as everyone is different.
As we move through this series I will touch on different options available for homeowners while wanting to go Green. In the mean time, to stay up to date with new and upcoming developments you can subscribe by text on the right side of the page, or send me an email with details on what you are looking for through the Contact Us link at the top. I would be more than happy to help with what options may be available for you.
Regardless of price range, it is possible to go Green with your home in Houston right now. Any shade of Green is a positive one.