Green Building Still Running High for Santa Cruz Homes

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Monday, January 11th, 2010 at 1:55pm.

At the beginning of 2008, it was predicted that green national and Santa Cruz homes would not only become a steady trend, but would also become the nationwide norm. As the home building industry struggled with economic upheaval, the building of green homes was one sector that kept growing.

Energy Star Designations

As of December, 2009, over 1 million homes have received the Energy Star designation since the program’s inception in 1995. Despite the many foreclosures, the glutted housing market and drowning homeowners, 75,000 more homes gained the Energy Star designation in 2009, raising the numbers to 1,024,200.

In 2007, 12% of single-family homes in the U.S. were Energy Star homes. In 2008, the numbers had reached 17%. Although the reports have yet to come in for 2009, there’s no doubt the numbers are increasing.

Two Other Green Home Certifications

Energy Star isn’t the only one with a green program; the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) also has a green home certification program. The number of participating homes is small (3,050 by the end of ’09), but noteworthy.

The National Association of Home Builders Research Center (NAHB) provides the National Green Building Certification, with over 500 participants.

The need for green national and Santa Cruz homes is, admittedly, consumer driven. Homebuyers want energy efficient homes - whether those homes are newly constructed or remodeled – and are willing to pay for them. Yes, the cost is higher, but most expect to make back the money spent on the house through future energy savings.

As a National Association of Realtor's Green Designee, I have become a residential real estate professional advocating education and the adoption of green real estate principles. As buyers and sellers continue to address issues of energy efficiency and smart building practices, the market will continue to evolve and green properties will become increasingly prevalent. The Green Designation sets me apart showing I am committed to the growing and positive force behind the green building movement.

As we move forward in 2010, keep green in mind because energy efficient Santa Cruz homes are in high demand. If you’re trying to sell your home and can’t get it off the market, consider renovation towards a greener world.

If you’re trying to sell your home or find a green home to buy, I can help. Call me today at 831.662.6522 or email me at for more information.



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