The Energy Department on August 20 announced a new partnership between its Challenge Home program and the Passive House Institute US on a voluntary certification process for energy-efficient homes. To read more, click here.
Green homes can net higher sales prices, according to a new study conducted by the University of California. Researchers analyzed 1.6 million home sales from 2007 to 2012 and found that green-certified, single-family homes sold for $34,800 more — or 9 percent more — than comparable non-green-certified homes in California.
In California, cities that also had the most electric vehicles and most eco-conscious, the sales price of green homes was even higher.