Green Home Buyer Benefits


Homeowners also enjoy benefits and advantages through purchasing a green home.

Increased Comfort


Green homes subscribe to whole-house design principles that not only make them more comfortable, but healthier and safer, too. Better insulation, air sealing, indoor air quality, and lighting are just a few of the reasons why this is the case.

Mortgage Savings


Preferential mortgage rates are available locally in some markets depending on local lender interest. Fannie Mae offers an Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM), which supports the design, construction, and operation of more energy efficient homes. This requires an energy rating to determine the estimated level of savings.

Lower Utility Bills


Consumers enjoy the savings gained from lower utility bills. Green building, at any level, typically requires energy efficiency above code levels, and, while programs vary, this is the most heavily weighted factor. (The NAHB Model Green Homebuilding Guidelines have specified mandatory requirements for energy efficiency.)

Personal Satisfaction


For many homeowners, there is an element of satisfaction that comes from “doing the right thing.” Green building is good for the environment, good for people, and good for the future. Consumers can feel good about doing their part to care for the world they live in.

Increased Value


A green home offers great durability and energy efficiency, which increase both the initial appraised value and the home and, to an even greater extent, the resale value. While currently these may not be realized without an educational effort directed to appraisers, lenders, and the real estate community, these features can offer real value to the consumer.

Reduced Maintenance and Repair Costs


Green homes incorporate building materials and construction detailing that strive to increase the useful life of the individual components, as well as the whole house. Longer-lived materials not only reduce impact on resources required for replacement, but also reduce maintenance and repair costs. For example, a green condominium, with emphasis on resource efficiency and increased durability, might have a lower Homeowner Association reserve requirement for replacement and maintenance costs.