Green Homes Catching On!

10 08 2011

No place is more indicative of our priorities than the home we live in. For those of us for whom green living is a major issue, having a home that supports that choice is very important. It looks like the environmental push is spreading, as a new study has shown that green homes in Portland, OR have been far outselling non-green homes in the same area:

For the fourth straight year in a row, green certified homes have outperformed non-certified homes in the Portland metro region, according to a study by the Earth Advantage Institute.

The annual study found that existing homes with a sustainable certification sold for 30 percent more than homes without one, according to sales data provided by the Portland Regional Multiple Listing Service. This finding is based on the sales of existing homes between May 1, 2010 and April 30, 2011 in Multnomah, Clackamas, Columbia, and Washington Counties in Oregon and Clark County in Washington.

The study also examined how newly constructed homes built to sustainable certifications performed, and found that they sold for 8 percent more than new non-certified homes in the same six-county area.

– Matt Smith, Environmental News Network

Is your own home green or are you considering moving to a home with more environmentally-friendly qualities? Even if moving or doing major reconstruction isn’t an option for you at this time, you can always make small changes to your lifestyle to assist the environment!  

Have you made changes to your home in the interest of green living? We’d love to hear about it in the comments! Share your tips & tricks!