Green Home Sales Reports
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Here is the Atlanta Green Home Sales Report for the 1st six months of 2012. These numbers are very strong with Certified green homes selling at almost 100% of their list price, a 5.6% higher value than conventional new construction homes. This report is based on new construction homes built 2010 or later in Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb and Gwinnett Counties priced between $250,000 and $2,000,000. All findings are based on Median numbers. The Green Certified homes include the following programs: EarthCraft House, ENERGY STAR, LEED for Homes and NAHB Green.
Das Haus – Connecting industry professionals in North America with the latest market-ready renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions from Germany
Open to Public October 17-26, Full Details Below
The North American tour of Das Haus will open in Atlanta on October 17th. The pavilion opens to the public at 10 a.m., at The World of Coca-Cola at Pemberton Place, located at 121 Baker Street NW in Atlanta. The exhibition, including guided tours, will be open from 10 am – 6 p.m. on days of operation and admission is free.
Presented by the German American Chambers of Commerce, this pavilion is an integrated, multifaceted structure that demonstrates real-world technologies and solutions for meeting ultra-low energy building standards. Das Haus incorporates a multitude of sustainability technologies including:
Thin film photovoltaic roof, facade and louvered panel systems
Heat-recovery climate control and ventilation systems, Passive House Standard triple-pane windows
Solar-powered LED lighting systems and high-efficiency appliances
Vacuum insulated panel systems
VRLA battery systems
Advanced wall construction materials and methods
Several special events and presentations by thought leaders on sustainability, green building and new methods of integration for ultra-low energy buildings will be part of the Das Haus pavilion. A brief schedule includes:
October 19th: Press Preview & Grand Opening – 5:30 pm – 8 pm
October 20th: Half Day Conference: “The Net Zero House – Innovation in Renewables & Energy Efficiency” – 8:30 am – 2 pm
October 22nd: GACC Member Event & Reception
October 23rd: Closed
October 24th: Sustainability Week Kick-off Event & Reception (in cooperation with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability) 6 pm – 8 pm
October 25th: University Day & Guided Tour – 10 am – 6 pm
October 26th: Exhibit ends at 6 pm
For more information on Das Haus and to register for guided tours and events, visit www.DasHausTour.com. For more information on the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, visit www.gaccsouth.com.
Yesterday, the city of Atlanta introduced the first electric vehicle charging station powered by solar panels above. The station is located near the Millennium Gate in Atlantic Station on 17th Street. Charging your electric car is free until January 2012 when it will change over to $3.00/hour, or equivalent to filling up with gas at 71 cents/gallon according to a rep from Georgia Power in a Midtown Patch article. Here are some pictures of the station.
Since beginning the Atlanta Green Home Sales Report in 2008, Atlanta has seen consistent results showing that certified Green Homes (EarthCraft House, ENERGY STAR, LEED for Homes, NAHB Green) sell in less time and closer to asking price. In this report I have combined 2009 and 2010 to see a cumulative view of the data. Over the two year period, Green homes accounted for 7.5% of the total new construction homes sold. Those homes sold on average in 104 days (21.2% less time on market) and for 94.9% of list price (3.4% closer to asking price). These are compelling numbers for home builders and consumers alike. Click on the image to view the entire report.
Today, Vice President Joe Biden and HUD (Housing and Urban Development) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the FHA PowerSaver pilot program as part of the Recovery Through Retrofit initiative announced in May 2009. This is meant to be a “mainstream mortgage product” that will offer low-cost loans to credit worthy individuals looking to make their homes more energy efficient. “Backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), these new FHA PowerSaver loans will offer homeowners up to $25,000 to make energy-efficient improvements of their choice, including the installation of insulation, duct sealing, doors and windows, HVAC systems, water heaters, solar panels, and geothermal systems.”
I’m happy to say that Atlanta Georgia is one of the pilot markets along with the City of Decatur. Here is a full list of the pilot markets:
Under the Better Buildings Program, approximately $485 million was allocated by DOE through competitive grants to initiatives in the following locations: Austin, TX; 16 towns in Maryland: Berlin, Cambridge, Chestertown, Cumberland, Denton, Easton, Elkton, Frostburg, Oakland, Princess Anne, Dundalk, Westminster, Havre de Grace, Salisbury, Takoma Park, and University Park, MD; Fayette County, PA; Bedford, NY; Berlin, Nashua, and Plymouth, NH; Boulder County, City and County of Denver, Garfield County, and Eagle County, CO; Camden, NJ; Chicago region, IL; Cincinnati, Ohio and northeast Kentucky; Consortium of 14 Connecticut Towns: Bethany, Cheshire, East Haddam, East Hampton, Glastonbury, Lebanon, Mansfield, Portland, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, Wethersfield, Wilton and Windom; Detroit, Grand Rapids, and southeast MI; Greensboro, NC; Indianapolis and Lafayette, IN; Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, San Diego, and Santa Barbara County; CA; Lowell, MA; Madison, Milwaukee, and Racine, WI; Maine statewide; Missouri statewide; New York statewide; Omaha and Lincoln, NE; Oregon statewide; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Riley County, KS; San Antonio, TX;; Seattle, and Bainbridge Island, WA; Select Southeastern cities: Atlanta GA, Carrboro NC, Chapel Hill NC, Charlotte, NC, Charleston SC, Charlottesville VA, Decatur GA, Hampton Roads/Virginia Beach VA, Huntsville AL, Jacksonville FL and New Orleans LA; Toledo, OH; and US Virgin Islands.
Lender participation is voluntary and lenders must express their interest in the program and specify which markets they would like to offer the product in. All of the information on the FHA PowerSaver program can be seen on the HUD website at http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/documents/5450-N-01_energy_retrofit_pilot_program_notice.pdf
On Tuesday, New World Home “placed” what will become the model home for a 14 home subdivision called Legacy Pointe in the Reynoldstown neighborhood of Atlanta. Notice I said “placed” and not “began construction”. That’s because this home was built in a controlled indoor environment and delivered on a truck straight to the home site. I’ve been to a couple of New World Home’s LEED certified homes in Marietta that were some of the first homes in the LEED for Homes program to reach the Platinum level without using any renewable energy.
Here is a slideshow of photos from the installation:
The Legacy Pointe neighborhood will include approximately 14 residences reflecting New World Home’s New Old Green Modular® (NOGM®) housing platform. By utilizing a proprietary ‘whole-systems’ approach to home construction, NOGM® homes can reduce overall energy consumption by more than 50 percent, save thousands of gallons of water per year and provide a healthier indoor air environment when compared to a typical code-built house. A NOGM® home can also save homeowners thousands of dollars per year in operating and maintenance costs.
This project was initiated largely in response to a recent Memorandum of Understanding among the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in which they agreed to an unprecedented partnership to advance green, affordable, urban housing that is easily accessible to public transportation.
“We’re very excited about the idea of offering high-quality, affordable, green housing that is within walking distance to MARTA and the future BeltLine,” states Mr. Hughley, CEO of RRC. “This fusion of location, transportation, affordability and sustainability is going to revolutionize intown living and complement this already culturally-rich neighborhood and communities throughout Atlanta and across the country.”
Here is a video of the installation:
View the entire press release
On Monday October 25th, Mayor Kasim Reed launched Atlanta’s Sustainability Week. This week will be full of activities and events across the city of Atlanta. Southeast Green has a great interview with Mandy Mahoney, City of Atlanta Director of Sustainability. You can hear the interview at www.blogtalkradio.com/southeastgreen.
Below is a list of the week’s events including yesterday’s launch:
|Oct. 25||Mayor Kasim Reed launches “Power to Change,” the City of Atlanta’s Sustainability Blueprint, during a press conference at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave. SW.
City Hall also hosts “Sustainable Products, Practices, and Places” Vendor Fair featuring local businesses and organizations whose products and services will help city employees integrate more sustainable practices into their daily lives inside City Hall and at home.
|Oct. 26||Mayor Kasim Reed joins Southface officials for the unveiling of the Southeast Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Training (SWEET) Center, 9:30 a.m., Piedmont and North Avenues. More information is available at southface.org. The day also will highlight the city’s green jobs plan, as well as energy efficiency rebate programs that are available to Atlanta city residents.
**On a side note, New World Home will be doing the modular installation of their new project in Reynoldstown this morning. More info below:
Date: Tuesday, October 26th
|Oct. 27||City Hall will host a Local Food Day, featuring a farmer’s market and “Lunch and Learn” for city employees at 11:00 a.m. The event highlights the city’s effort to bring local food within 10 minutes of 75 percent of Atlanta’s residents by 2020.
|Oct. 28||City officials will showcase gains in water conservation by illuminating innovations of the Department of Watershed Management at City Hall.
|Oct. 29||Mayor Kasim Reed joins Nissan to announce Atlanta as one of the first cites in the Southeast to launch the Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicle, 12:00 p.m. at Georgia Tech’s Manufacturing Research Center (MARC), 813 Ferst Dr. N.W. Atlanta, GA 30332
Immediately after, experts from Georgia Tech, Georgia Power, Nissan, and the Atlanta Electric Vehicle Task Force will panel an Electric Vehicle Forum.