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NEWS RELEASE - Green Homes RESELL for More

November 9, 2014

DENVER - A recent study[1] of existing home sales shows that energy-efficient homes commanded a significant price increase of almost $9 per square foot over comparable, code-built homes.  In a home of 2,500 square feet, that could translate into a price bump of $21,500.


The study authors reviewed home sales of ENERGY STAR homes in Fort Collins, Colo., and comparable conventional homes, holding the following variables constant …


  • Sample set – 150 ENERGY STAR homes and 150 conventional, code-built comparables

  • Location – Located within a 2 – 3-mile radius of each other

  • Construction type and quality – Single-family detached of good or better construction

  • Age of home and sale dates – Sales recorded between 1999 – 2005


The study showed that the resale of energy-efficient, ENERGY STAR-certified homes realized a price premium of $8.66 per square foot.


Energy and utility charges have a direct bearing on home ownership costs, and until recently, there has been little data correlating buyer recognition of reduced energy costs with higher resale prices.   This paper is one of a handful to demonstrate a significant marketplace premium on the RESALE of “green,” energy-efficient home sales.


It also suggests that buyers value invisible features affecting energy use –  insulation levels, air leakage, appliance and mechanical efficiencies.  “Valuing Green Home Designs” also shows that buyers recognize the ENERGY STAR brand, third-party verification of those homes, and above-code checklists that can reduce energy use as much as 50 percent.


To download a copy of the paper,CLICK HERE.


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We’re green-home experts, and we know what goes into ENERGY STAR and other certified homes.  When it’s time to buy or sell, we can help you find better homes and capitalize on higher prices for green homes you sell.  Contact us today.



[1] Bryan Bloom, MaryEllen C. Nobe, and Michael D. Nobe.  “Valuing Green Home Designs:  A Study of ENERGY STAR Homes,” Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2011, pp. 109 – 26.


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