Category Archives: Green home appraisals

When is a Passive House NOT a Passive House?

Want to build a house to the Passive House standard?  That used to be an easily recognizable target.  There was only one Passive House standard, an international specification established in 1996 by the German-based Passive House Institute (PHI).  It’s a … Continue reading

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Finding Value in a Green Appraisal – Part IV: Still a Very Long Journey Ahead

We have received a revised appraisal on Edgewaterhaus.  This third trip to the appraisal well is decidedly a mixed bag.  As the title of this blog suggests, those who want to build green via a bank loan have an uphill … Continue reading

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Can We Get More, Pay Less, To Keep About The Same?

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Let me explain this rather cryptic proposition. Is it possible to tweak the design of EdgewaterHaus to simultaneously (Get More) energy performance from the building, (Pay Less) to build it, and still (Keep about the same) square footage and floor plan? We liked … Continue reading

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Finding Value in a Green Appraisal – Part III – Calculating the value of energy upgrades.

We are striving to attain the Passive House standard, LEED Platinum rating, and net zero  energy status.  If that ain’t green, then we should all throw our hands skyward in color-blind despair. A few weeks ago, we got the results … Continue reading

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2011 – a Retrospective

Wow, it’s been nearly two months since I updated this blog.  Time to get back in focus.  It’s not that there haven’t been things to write about; there has been a lot going on behind the blog screen.  I attribute … Continue reading

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Finding Value in a Green Appraisal – Tools are out there – Part II

Getting an appraisal to value green enhancements requires the appraiser to take two actions:  (1)  recognize and list the green enhancements on the appraisal form; (2) assign a value to these enhancements. The first action is the easiest hurdle; the … Continue reading

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Finding Value in a Green Home Appraisal – Lenders & Appraisers – Part I

If you have read my previous blog entitled “Seeing Red on a Green Appraisal – the Challenge,” you know that the appraisar failed to list or value any of the green/energy efficient aspects of EdgewaterHaus.  Does it matter? ABSOLUTELY! Most … Continue reading

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