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4 Benefits of Buying or Building a Green Home in Asheville

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If you are at a crossroads in life with home ownership, consider these incredible benefits of buying or building a LEED certified green home rather than opting for a traditionally built home.   LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program for green building.  Here we examine some reasons to consider buying or building a LEED certified home.

Green Homes are Healthier and Safer

ERV Indoor Air QualityA major health concern with regard to homes is indoor air quality.  The Environmental Protection Agency has found that indoor air quality is 2-10 times more polluted than outdoor air quality due to things like mold, mildew and off-gassing from furniture and carpet.  LEED certified homes are designed to improve indoor air quality through features that minimize airborne toxins and pollutants through high-efficiency air filters and proper ventilation.  

LEED-certified homes undergo a rigorous process of inspections, performance testing and review of documentations related to green features to make sure that the homeowners are safe.

Green Homes Create Value

LEED certified homes are designed to use 30-60% less energy than a traditionally built home.  With an average energy expenditure of around $2,150 per year, this amounts to significant savings each year, and thousands of dollars in savings if you stay in the home for a number of years.  Additionally, there are state and federal tax credits for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Importantly, green homes hold their value when you are ready to sell.  They tend to sell more quickly than other homes and yield a higher sales price.

Green Homes Help Our Environment Immensely

Energy SavingsGreen Homes are built with conservation of natural resources in mind.  With the tight envelope of green built homes, indoor air temperatures stay fairly consistent.  The energy that goes into heating or cooling these types of homes is greatly reduced due to high tech insulation, energy-efficient appliances, weather stripping and high quality materials.  Often these homes employ alternative energy sources as well.  Water is conserved through low flow fixtures.  Chemical off-gassing is reduced through low or no -VOC paints, and materials selection is often local.


Green Homes are a Growing Choice in Asheville

The United States Green Building Council states that it is estimated that green single family residences will represent about one third of the housing market and that almost 90% of all new residential construction will include green features.

According to our year-end 2016 market analysis, green homes are an increasingly popular choice in Asheville as well as other major markets.  Inventory of green homes in the city of Asheville was at only 2.88 months, and these homes were returning a median price per square foot of $223.

For more information on green homes and real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Sources and Further Reading: WNC Green Building Council

 

JAG & Associates Construction Helps Pave Path for Asheville's Green Building Movement

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There’s no doubt the green build trend has gained a strong foothold in Asheville. People choose to go green for a variety of reasons, from economic to environmental. And when they do, many choose to go with Asheville-based JAG & Associates Construction.

As the effects of global climate change, foreign oil dependency and toxicity in standard building materials becomes more evident, a greater number of people are turning to the idea of sustainable, green housing. Spearheading the popular movement in green builds, JAG produces quality green homes in Asheville and Western North Carolina to fit a range of budgets. Home seekers can choose from a portfolio of “JAG Built” homes, or put their unique stamp on a dream residence by creating a custom build.

“Our commitment has always been to build quality-crafted, turnkey-ready green homes as well as custom creations in neighborhoods all over Asheville,” says Jody Guokas, founder and president of JAG. “We pride ourselves in providing a building process that is both efficient and enjoyable.”

JAG Construction Provides Green Details, Each Step of the Way

Gourmet Granite and Stainless KitchenSince it was established in 2003, JAG has focused on building homes optimally positioned to promote indoor and outdoor environments, as well as the communities they’re in. Every home JAG has built is certified through Green Built North Carolina; everything from product selection to the construction process stresses green technologies and energy efficiency. JAG homes top the 15% efficiency upgrade required by Energy Star; most of them reach a 30% to 60% energy efficiency premium. Combine all of this with JAG’s keen sense of design, attention to detail and singular craftsmanship, and you can understand why JAG’s houses stand out as some of the most sought-after in Asheville.

Lots of details go into making a new build green. Some of the things JAG takes into serious consideration are: site measures like infill construction, erosion control, native planting and groundcover and runoff control; building and structural details such as proper waterproofing and drainage, efficient framing, windows and insulation; high-efficiency heating and cooling; and options for solar power energy use.

High-Impact Homes in West Asheville’s Low-Impact Development: Craggy Park

Tanager Model at Craggy ParkAs part of the substantial headway JAG is making in the green-build arena, the construction company is working with Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and East West Capital to develop the 8-acre Craggy Park in West Asheville, off Craggy and Tanglewood Avenues. It is Asheville’s only major subdivision of 45 green-built homes in an urban low-impact development. The property, a short walk to Haywood Road’s cafes, entertainment and shops, will feature clustered 3- and 4-bedroom JAG homes, many with finished walk-out basements.

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is proud to be the exclusive listing agency for JAG. If you are interested in a spec or custom JAG Construction home, please contact Mosaic Realty broker Mike Figura at (828) 337-8190 or at mike@mymosaicrealty.com