Home owners, buyers and renters have a new resource for going green indoors and out. The EPA’s new Green Homes Website will help people make their homes greener with tips on reducing energy consumption, carbon footprints, waste generation and water usage, as well as improving indoor air quality.
The latest federal survey of American housing in 2007 reported 128 million housing units across the US, accounting for nearly 54 percent of our national energy consumption and nearly 31 percent of all US carbon dioxide emissions, the most common greenhouse gas contributing to climate change.
Many green building practices and technologies have yet to make a dent in the existing residential market, in part because it is hard for people to find clear, consolidated, readily accessible, and credible information. The Green Homes Website addresses that need by providing guidance on approaches to greening each room of the home as well as the surrounding yard. Information also is available on building new homes and finding an energy- efficient mortgage, which takes into account the savings derived from energy efficient homes to enable the applicant to qualify for better terms.
Renters will find information to help them identify a green property before moving in and tips for working with their landlord to add green features to an existing property. Users can also find references, such as a list of common green home terms, and links to dozens of EPA Websites with more specific information on a wide variety of green home topics.
As a Certified Green Building Professional and an Energy Star Partner with the EPA, I think this is a tremendous resource for residents everywhere. As awareness of green building grows, so will demand for green built homes grow with it. As an additional resource, Lexington Luxury Builders has instituted our Green Initiatives program, which is our commitment to building energy efficient, green built homes in Plano, Dallas and other area throughout the DFW Metroplex. Please visit our Green Initiatives website to learn more. Lexington has also introduced Lexington Park in Downtown Plano, the area’s first neighborhood comprised entirely of green built homes.
Lexington Park in Plano has made an entire phase of Certified Green Built Homes available for lease. Very rare for rental real estate, at Lexington Park renters will enjoy all of the benefits of living green, including homes which have met the EPA standards for Indoor Air Quality. Visit the Lexington Park Leasing website for further information and the Lexington Wiki to explore our ever expanding library of green building resources.