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Discover Green Built NC Homes in Asheville

Green Home AshevilleGreen-built homes are transforming the residential market and people’s lives everywhere – a fact that is especially true in the Asheville area.

Green homes are built to be healthier and safer by providing cleaner indoor air. They use less energy and water, leading to monthly savings on utilities. This all means the average upfront costs of building green are quickly recouped, as a homeowner will save money for the duration of the home’s lifespan.

Additionally, green-home owners in Asheville and around the country experience increased market value, heralding a higher resale value when the time comes. They also enjoy state and federal tax credits for their home’s renewable energy use and energy-efficiency.

THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A GREEN HOME

Green Homes Save EnergyThe green-built movement in Asheville has the added bonus of support from the Green Built NC Program, a voluntary, statewide green-building program encompassing all aspects of environmental design and construction including:

  • Healthy Site/Landscape: erosion control and preservation of existing trees
  • Water Efficiency: use of high-efficiency irrigation and plumbing fixtures to reduce water bills
  • Building Envelope: use of high-efficiency windows and insulation to reduce energy bills
  • Heating/Cooling Systems: use of high-efficiency equipment and sealed air ducts to increase comfort
  • Appliances/Lighting: use of Energy Star appliances and lighting to reduce utility bills
  • Healthy Indoor Air Quality: use of non-toxic finishes and methods to minimize moisture
  • Materials: use of durable local and recycled content materials for minimal maintenance

 

Tools for Finding a Green Home in Asheville

Green homes are a specialization of Mosaic Realty. So much so that we designed our website with quick search features to locate all green homes on the market in Asheville.  Additionally, we have a quick search for JAG Construction homes, a leader of green built homes in the Asheville area.

Tools for Assessing the Energy Usage of a Home in Asheville

Green Homes Save MoneyA great service available to Asheville homeowners, or those in the market for an Asheville home, is Green Gauge , an innovative home assessment tool to help residents across North Carolina save money, reduce energy usage and live in homes that are healthier for themselves and the environment. Created by the WNC Green Building Council, this program is the first of its kind in the state.

Green Gauge uses a variety of criteria such as energy and water usage, building material sustainability, indoor air quality, site walkability, and landscape ecology in order to determine the green rating of a home. This rating is a perfect tool for buyers looking to compare homes for energy and water efficiency, and can help them understand the true price of home ownership.

The energy efficiency portion of a Green Gauge Assessment is completed using the U.S. Department of Energy's Home Energy Score (HES). HES uses a systematic approach to provide a reliable, scientifically based analysis of a home’s energy characteristics and overall energy efficiency, which is rated on a scale of 1-10. As of this writing, more 42,000 HES assessments have been completed so far across the country, according to the WNC Green Building Council.

For those interested in green-home ownership, aligning with a real estate agent well-versed in the green-built market is key. Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s agents can guide you through the intricacies and supply you with all of the information you need to go green.

To learn more about green homes in the Asheville area, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

Asheville Company is First Carbon Neutral Real Estate Firm in NC

Mosaic Realty Partners with WNCGBC in a Local Solution to Global Pollution

Mosaic Realty AshevilleAsheville, NC: Local Real Estate firm Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is now officially the first real estate agency in North Carolina to obtain the status of carbon neutral. Longtime supporters of Western North Carolina Building Council (WNCGBC), Mosaic Realty has recently strengthened their partnership by participating in Appalachian Offsets, a program of WNCGBC. By calculating the company’s net carbon output and offsetting it by paying into local green energy projects, they ensure that they are proactively taking steps to address climate change.

According to Dictionary.com, carbon neutrality is having achieved a state in which the net amount of carbon dioxide is reduced to zero because it is balanced by action to reduce or offset these emissions.  In order to participate in Appalachian Offsets, all 21 Mosaic agents have committed to paying a yearly sum reflective of their part of carbon emissions for the company. The funds collected benefit a local nonprofit, school or affordable-housing provider needing an energy-efficiency upgrade.

Appalachian Offsets AshevilleSam Ruark-Eastes, Executive Director of the WNCGBC, explains, “Appalachian Offsets is the bridge that matches companies and individuals looking to offset their emissions with organizations who need support cutting energy cost and upgrading their facilities.” Mike Figura, owner of Mosaic Realty, sees the value of this service to his business. “Mosaic Realty operates on a triple bottom line principle of People, Planet and Profit. We measure our success based on those three categories. Climate change is one of the greatest threats to our environment and species, and Appalachian Offsets offers us a way to take action on a local level to help make a positive impact”, states Figura.

Asheville Appalachian OffsetsBut the partnership between Mosaic and WNCGBC does not stop here. In order to help Asheville  become a carbon neutral community, Mosaic realtors working with buyers connect their clients to WNCGBC’s Green Gauge program. Green Gauge is an innovative home assessment tool that helps residents save money, reduce energy usage and live in homes that are healthier for themselves and the environment. Connecting new residents to some of Asheville’s invaluable resources and programs is a great entrance into this environmentally aware community.

About Mosaic Realty: Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is a boutique real estate firm made up of 21 professional, full-time brokers who live in Asheville. We specialize in green, historic and in-town properties. Commitment to supporting our local and global community has been at the heart of this downtown Asheville real estate firm since its formation in 2010. In 2016, Mosaic donated over $77,000 to 48 non-profits, including the WNCGBC.

For more information about living in Asheville, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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