Friday, February 27, 2009

Asheville NC Builder says "Home Buyers Want Green"

When home buyers size up potential new digs, they increasingly include such features as high-efficiency heating systems, upgraded insulation, and energy-sipping appliances.

Some are making conscious choices to be environmentally friendly, while others just want elements that will result in long-term savings such as energy star windows, appliances, and low flow water conservation devices. But the end result is the same, more people buying new & used homes employing "Green" technologies.

According to a 2008 McGraw-Hill Construction study, more than 330,000 homes with eco-friendly features were built in the U. S. in the prior three years. That includes 6.2 percent of new homes, up from just 1.8 percent of green residences in 2005.

That survey also noted that "Green" homes were not a phenomenon limited to high-end home buyers. More than 50 percent of purchasers choosing green features earned less than $75,000 a year, and 30 percent earned under $50,000, according to the McGraw-Hill report.

The National Association of Realtors estimates the average new home buyer will spend an extra $12,400 on "Green" technologies to get the slate of special features they want in their domicile. Visit Advantage Development Co. today at your source for green building technologies.

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