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Wrapping Up 2009 – Green Homes In Houston

January 6th, 2010 · 7 Comments · Green Market Reports

Truth be told, it can be hard to find a green home in Houston. When you go to buy a home there are so many items that we consider. Schools, shopping, size and price of home, proximity to work, energy efficiency, garden area, indoor air quality…The list continues almost endlessly.

2009 was a year where if the Green Homes that were ready to go did not fit within these categories, my clients became well informed on how choose a home that can be ‘greened’ up. When it comes down to it, the home has to work for the homeowner with floorplan and everything.

While many of the green developments do not get a lot of attention in the media, they are spread out through the City and zipping through the year it seemed as though there just was not a whole lot going on.

For about a week now I have been trying to figure out how to write a wrap up post for the year and today while having a conversation with someone it hit me – There really is quite a bit of GREEN in Houston when it comes to real estate.  As financing opens up a little bit I expect it to get even better.   If our giant City of Houston was not so spread out I think we would be looking at this all quite different.  After all, it was announced that Houston has the most Energy Star homes in the Nation and we don’t really feel that either.

While it would be an incredibly long post to list every green project that I’ve run across in the past year, I thought I would highlight some of them as a way to wrap up Green Homes in Houston for 2009:


Canyon Gate Communities continued to grow Lakes of Williams Ranch and Discovery at Spring Trails offering Solar Panels as a standard feature on all homes in the communities.

Parra Design Group continues to sell and are starting new LEED Certified townhomes in Upper West End.

I counted multiple Builders popping up various units inside the Loop that focused not only on Energy Efficiency but Indoor Air Quality as well.  They were not Certified under a program other than Energy Star, but they passed the Steph test.

There are a quite a few more Custom LEED Certified townhomes that went up last year including another one by GreenHaus Builders in Garden Oaks and EcoStar Custom Homes in Benders Landing.

Beazer Homes announces their E-Smart Green Homes and multiple other LARGE builders throughout the City announce that they are building to Environments for Living and a high level of it at that!

Low income housing goes solar in Houston last year!

ZK Homes goes all out with their green development in Sugarland – They had the first certified home in the City with the new NAHB program.


Taking it all in to consideration, there are a lot of Green options for Home Buyers in the City and around the Suburbs.  Let’s watch to see what happens in 2010!  Happy New Year to everyone!

For information on Green Communities or Homes in the City that may fit your needs just send me an email:

If you have a Green Home or Development and would like a marketing plan that is out of this world, I would love to share mine with you.  Just give me a shout at the same email above.


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  • Lance Sonka

    Hi Steph,

    You mention LEED several times in your post(s)… It is a great standard for the building industry to follow.

    How do you feel about the Environments for Living programs?
    .-= Lance Sonka´s last blog ..13627 Delwood Springs Ln, $274,900 =-.

  • Mona Metzger

    Another great post. I was pleasantly surprised to read that “Houston has the most Energy Star homes in the Nation.”

    Thanks for keeping us informed Steph.
    .-= Mona Metzger´s last blog ..Green Paper: Dot Eco =-.

  • steph

    Hi Lance, I’m a big fan of EFL right now. I think it has a lot of flexibility for the builder, goes through some good testing and can still keep the home affordable for those that need it. Once Energy Star announces their changes it will be interesting to see how to two compete head to head.

    Thanks Mona, Just send me over those events and I will be happy to get them up for you.

  • Stephen Davis


    Lance – than kyou for the mention and question regarding the Environments For Living(R) program. It’s great to hear that folks out there know of us and are asking the right questions!

    Steph – thanks to you as well for your favorable mention of our program. You are correct – we do offer flexibility to the builder and buyer both. Since its inception, the EFL program strives to be ‘user friendly’, verifiable and not cumbersome on the build side.

    We too are interested in how ENERGY STAR(R) will look in the coming year. Rest assured that the EFL program will remain cutting edge and delivering value to the builder/consumer regardless of the final look of ENERGY STAR.

    Thank you again for the favorable mentions!

  • Boyce Duren

    Hello. This is kind of an “unconventional” question , but have other visitors asked you how get the menu bar to look like you’ve got it? I also have a blog and am really looking to alter around the theme, however am scared to death to mess with it for fear of the search engines punishing me. I am very new to all of this …so i am just not positive exactly how to try to to it all yet. I’ll just keep working on it one day at a time Thanks for any help you can offer here

  • steph

    Hi Boyce, it depends on where you blog is hosted. Mine is self hosted through wordpress and it is just a matter of finding a different theme. Changing the theme in wp should not effect and seo that you have in place already.

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