From Realtors Magazine Online. May 14, 2008
"We're on the crest of a wave that's continuing to grow," said David Rodgers, deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency in the U.S. Department of Energy. 'The mission is to do more with less, not less with less. This is not about sacrificing or putting on a sweater. It's about making investments that do more."
Houses use more than 20 percent of the nation's energy, according to government statistics, and
Knowledge Is Your Responsibility:
Panelist Kateri Callahan, president of the nonprofit
In addition to combating the harmful effects of climate change, she said, modifications to increase efficiency offer significant savings to home owners over time.
"Promoting energy efficiency worldwide will achieve a healthier economy,"she said. "It's the cheapest, cleanest, quickest way to tackle our energy supply challenges and enhance energy security."
Is a Federal Code the Answer?
Callahan's group advocates for a federal energy code that would require home builders to maintain minimum standards for building materials and processes. "In many states we still allow people to buy inefficient, leaky houses that waste energy,"she said.
But not everyone shares that position. Panelist Greg Miedema, president of Dakota Builders in
There was one other point on which all the panelists agreed: Real estate professionals can boost client loyalty -and their own bottom lines - by encouraging eco-friendly home improvements for buyers and sellers.
By Wendy Cole for REALTOR magazine online