Tell us about yourself and your business (how long have you been around, what type of clients do you serve most often, what areas do you cover, and what makes you unique).
GreenSpot Global is a hybrid company merging real estate transaction expertise for commercial and residential properties, with deep, green-building knowledge – the nuts and bolts of high-performance homes and buildings. GreenSpot Energy & Sustainability provides project analysis, energy, water, and Carbon modeling, green-building certifications, and turnkey certification project management. These certifications include LEED, Energy Star, Living Building Challenge, and Zero Energy-Ready homes. We started the company in 2010 to lower greenhouse gas emissions and resource use of homes and buildings.
What eco features do you recommend people invest in or prioritize at home?
Complete an energy audit! Find out where heat is leaking from your home so it can be sealed. If you are remodeling, it is a perfect time to do an energy audit! Most homes do not have enough insulation and can easily lower their HERS (Home Energy Rating System) index score with a little bit of investment. A lower HERS index score means your home is more energy efficient. This leads to greater energy savings and an increased resale value.
How can green features affect curb appeal or price?
While a well-insulated and well-sealed home may cost more than its leakier, less efficient neighbor, energy efficient homes offer much greater energy savings and eliminate much of the uncertainty of rising heating and electric rates. Once people are educated that energy efficient measures help them in the long term, the choice is clear.
Any advice for people about real estate market trends?
I highly recommend that people do as much energy efficiency upgrading as possible on their homes while it is still voluntary. Codes are getting stricter and it will cost more in the future. Also, the sooner you upgrade, the more you will save and help the planet.