There is a splurge of high end luxurious residential complex being built currently in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut. Many of these are high end rental units going for top dollar and the owners, investor and builders are realizing that incorporating Green features pays off.
Not only the owners but the new tenants recognize the benefits of sustainable buildings and green complexes and these rentals are filling up quickly. Below are a few of the many here in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut. Continue reading Luxurious Fairfield County Rentals Going Green.
By David Popoff, Realtor~Green, LEED AP. 11/12/13.
For Realtor® who what to become proficient in today’s world of green homes and lifestyle can continue their educations with the National Association of Realtor’s Green Designation. The NAR’s Green provides advance training in green building and sustainable business practices along with learning about energy efficiency and sustainability in the various facets of real estate. To find your local GREEN Realtor visit the Green Resource Council Organization website.
Here in Connecticut Real Estate Salespeople and Brokers are required every two year by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Real Estate Commission to complete a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education (CE). The majority of these CE classes are organized by the local Boards/Associations of Realtors®.
Continue reading Educating Realtors® about Green Homes.
The 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will improve a home’s energy efficiency 30% above that of current homes being built following the 2006 IECC.
The 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) chapter 11 requirements for energy efficiency are now identical to the provisions found in the 2012 IECC.
Currently six states have adopted the IECC 2012 codes or an equivalent energy code, with it being law in Illinois and Maryland and currently being adopted in California, Washington, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 30 states have are using the IECC 2009 code that is approximately 12 to 15% more efficient than the 2006 code. By 2015 at least ten more states are planning to adopt the 2012 IECC code by the end of 2015.
Currently Connecticut has been following the 2009 IECC codes and wants to adopt the new 2012 IECC requirements.
What does this mean to new home builders and owners? Some of the requirements for the new changes in the Residential 2012 IECC codes are:
- Mandatory whole house pressure test (blower door) and passing.
- Duct leakage rates lowered
- Domestic hot water piping be insulated or short and skinny runs
- 75% of lighting fixtures will be high efficacy fixtures.
- Wall insulation requirements have become more stringent.
- New pipe insulation requirements.
- Better windows depending on which climate zone you are in.
To read more on Department of Energy Building Codes click here.
What is interesting is how will this affect the value of homes built prior to the 2012 IECC requirements? Will current homes that are 30%, 40%, 50% less efficient sell for less once the new energy efficient homes are being built?
David Popoff is a ‘Green’ Realtor & license Connecticut Real Estate Broker in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut.
By David Popoff
For heating and hot water what is preferred and what is more economical can vary from region to region but here in Connecticut you will find in many area’s homes that have been heated by oil for decades. While some of the larger municipalities have an infrastructure of natural gas, many homes need to have fuel delivered to run the heating system which means your options generally are oil or propane, both requiring tank storage.
Propane has becoming popular and prices seem to have been coming down since the majority comes directly from the United States. Another reason for its popularity is that the new heating systems that use gas are becoming more efficient that comparable oil systems. Measuring heating systems is expressed in percentage and is called the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFEU). Propane heating systems have become very efficient reaching up to 95% compared to that of oil around 85%.
Going Green ~ with more homeowner looking to shrink their carbon footprint the type of heating fuel used is important consideration. Different fuels emit different amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) in relation to the energy they are producing:- Continue reading Propane vs. Oil for Connecticut Homes.
By David Popoff, LEED AP~Realtor.
The Connecticut Green Building Council’s Green Homes Committee in conjunction with the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) presents two public open green home tours on Saturday October 5th, 2013.
One home is reaching for the Passive House certification and is at 17 Carol Street, Danbury, Ct.
The second home is a designed Solar PV home at 141 Great Hill Road, Ridgefield, CT.
The Green home tour is open to the public from 10 am to 2 pm and is part of the NESEA 14th annual the Green Buildings Open House Tour (GBOH) with participates from Maine down to Pennsylvania.
Continue reading CTGBC Green Homes Committee and NESEA present Two Green Home Tours Saturday October 5th, 2013.
By David Popoff
The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association is in full gear for its 14th year of the Green Buildings Open House Tour, GBOH with participates from Maine down to Pennsylvania. In affiliation with the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour the event is on Saturday October 5th there are hundreds of homes open to the general public.
To date 318 host homes have joined the Green Buildings Open House Tour, to see home near you click here.
The on-line data base hosted by EnergySage provides detailed information on each of the host’s homes including energy saving technology, costs and returns, personal notes from the homeowner and much more. Take advantage of this daylong event and visit sustainable homes near you that will give you a chance to see personally the benefits of green sustainable energy efficient homes. Continue reading Green Buildings Open House Tour Northeast USA, October 5th, 2013.