By Melissa Dittmann Tracey
You've undoubtedly heard a lot talk about "green" building lately. The U.S. Green Building Council has called energy-efficient home construction one of the few industries that is growing and thriving in the softened economy. According to a recent National Association of Home Builders survey, 61 percent of consumers said they would even be willing to spend more than $5,000 upfront to save on utility costs--which green construction targets.
But what are some of these "green" features that are popping up in homes today? REALTOR® Magazine recently visited Abt Electronics in Glenview, Ill., to tour one of its eco-friendly kitchen models and find out about the newest "green" kitchen features (see video below). Also, check out senior editor Wendy Cole's article on "10 Ways to Make Your House Greener," featuring new eco-friendly products.
In your markets, have you been noticing more clients asking questions about the "green" qualities in a home? Or do you think the green-construction movement has been overhyped? Share your thoughts!