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Green homes can save on utility bills, and can increase resale value.

They are also healthier and more comfortable for families, with less draft, cleaner air, and better temperature management. In a real estate market where consumer choice is vast, energy efficient homes reach out and appeal to a wider marketplace demographic of consumers that value the benefits of a comfortable home with a reduced and more responsible level of energy consumption.

Homes built or renovated to be energy efficient through successful completion of the Township’s program are readily visible throughout the community to consumers, and establish instant recognition and credibility as being energy efficient. A label affixed to the dwelling makes these homes instantly recognizable and stand out as more marketable for sale.

 

Stand Out

More buyers are looking for the EnerGuide rating.

In 2014, the Township commissioned Ipsos Reid to conduct a local public opinion survey regarding energy efficient homes. The survey sample includes only those who are likely to consider buying a home in the Fraser Valley in the next 5 years. Here are some key takeaways from the survey:

  • Nine-in-ten (90%) homebuyers say energy efficiency is an important housing feature when deciding whether to purchase a particular home.
  • Eight-in-ten (80%) homebuyers are interested in seeing an EnerGuide rating on a home they are considering purchasing.
  • Overall, 77% of homebuyers say they would be more likely to purchase a home knowing it has been rated as energy efficient.
  • 62% of homebuyers indicated they would pay more for an energy efficient home.

Homes that undergo energy retrofits will have increased resale value.

A study  (PDF) published in the Journal of Structure Finance, concludes that owners selling energy retrofitted homes recovered at least their full investment cost at resale, compared to about 60% for other typical renovations.

Rate Our Home Logo The Township has partnered with Metro Vancouver to promote a new voluntary energy label disclosure program.  

RateOurHome.ca  is all about increasing the visibility of energy efficient homes. If your client has a home energy label through the Green Building Rebate Program, RateOurHome can feature the property on a searchable Home Energy Map and provide a link to the property listing.

 

Home Energy Map

 

 

Additional Resources

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The Real Estate Energy Efficiency Program (REEP) is a REALTOR-led program with tools and training designed to bridge a gap between formal home energy-efficiency programs such as Natural Resource Canada’s EnerGuide Rating System while increasing understanding for homeowners. Access more information and stay up to date on local REEP training opportunities by signing up for the REEP E-newsletter .

Green Tool Kit for REALTORS

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Access the BC Real Estate Association’s Green Tool Kit for information, references and links to help you learn more about the environmental and sustainability perspective of real estate as it relates to clients, product and the profession.

Canada Mortgage & Housing CorporationCMHC Green Home offers a premium refund to borrowers who either buy, build or renovate for energy efficiency using CMHC-insured financing. Premium refunds of up to 25% are available for new homes and renovations for EnerGuide, ©Built Green, ENERGY STAR® and R-2000 rated homes.

*EnerGuide and R-2000 are Official Marks of Natural Resources Canada and used with permission.