Publisher's Opinion-

August 2018 Edition
The Green Light on Green

This is a great time of the year to enjoy various home tours. Some of the builder associations are hosting the Cavalcade of Homes and the Tour of Homes. The Illinois Green Alliance just held its GreenBuilt Home Tour. If you are in the market to buy or want design and decorating tips, these tours are for you.
Building Green started to become hot around fifteen years ago and affected mostly high-ticket properties like commercial or institutional. Thatís changed as the average home buyer has become more aware of the sustainable options properties can offer that help the enviroment as well as their pocketbooks.
Today there are several rating systems on properties people should be aware of. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. Based on several categories, buildings that achieve certain Green requirements could be rated as Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. Originally popular with commercial, this rating is also used in residential.
The Energy Star rating means that appliances and certain devices maintain certain quality standards directed at energy savings, cost benefits, and environmental friendliness.
HERS rating is the Home Energy Rating System. This rating evaluates many environmental issues and grades the property from zero to 150, the lower the better. The rating is based on an analysis of the efficient of appliances, effectiveness of insulation and window/ door seals. The examination inspects the property from the foundation to the attic.
The DOE Zero Energy Ready Home is a standard issued by the U.S. Department of Energy which identifies properties that generate their own energy and use equal or less than they create.
EPA Indoor Air Plus is a certification from the Environmental Protection Agency awarded to homes with high indoor air quality.
WaterSense Certified is another rating system of the EPA. Basically products like faucets, shower heads, and toilets are rated based on EPA standards on efficiency and water savings.
A lot to think about whether you are building or buying! We are now working on our September Financial Directory. We will see you then.

by Roger Krieg
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