Welcome!




Expand Your Education with These Courses from
A Consumer Advocate Approach to Real Estate: Course 1.
Becoming a Successful Sales Professional: Skills for Sales Success: Part One.
Business Creation - Prospecting: Skills for Sales Success: Part Three.
ACE: Purchase Reverse Mortgage Course.
BPOs: The Agent's Role in the Valuation Process.

The House That Ingenuity Built Heads to National Competition

Have a comment on this article? Share on Facebook!

By Kathleen Lynn

The dry wing is roofed with solar shingles; it’s the only house in the competition that uses shingles instead of solar panels, Moy said.

The home has a market value of $300,000. Student designers tried to address the cost of environmental innovations, which are often an obstacle for the average homeowner or builder.

“A lot of people feel (energy efficiency) is too time-consuming, too costly,” Moy said. “Solar energy takes a couple of decades to break even.”

Research has shown that some green technologies deliver more bang for the buck. A 2011 study by the Rutgers Center for Green Building for the New Jersey Association of Realtors found that efficient framing and insulation techniques are among the most cost-effective green building tools. The use of solar energy, EnergyStar appliances and more efficient heating and cooling systems take longer to pay for themselves, but can still be worthwhile, while geothermal energy — which uses the temperature of the earth for heating and cooling — is the least cost-effective, the study said.

Moy said that one of the most useful elements in the Ecohabit house is the computerized monitoring system.

Continue Reading 1 2 3 4 5

Want instant access to great articles like this for your blog or newsletter? Check out our 30-day FREE trial of REsource Licensed Real Estate Content Solutions. Need easy stay-in-touch e-Marketing solutions too? Try Pop-a-Note for 99 cents!
Join RISMedia on Twitter and Facebook to connect with us and share your thoughts on this and other topics.




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Copyright© 2014 RISMedia, The Leader in Real Estate Information Systems and Real Estate News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be republished without permission from RISMedia.

Content on this website is copyrighted and may not be redistributed without express written permission from RISMedia. Access to RISMedia archives and thousands of articles like this, as well as consumer real estate videos, are available through RISMedia's REsource Licensed Content Solutions. Offering the industry’s most comprehensive and affordable content packages. Click here to learn more! http://resource.rismedia.com

Our Latest News >>