Building a Green Home? Focus on Reducing Energy First

22 November 2019 -

November 14, 2019 by Gina Rautenberg

In green home technology, solar energy and renewables still get most of the buzz. But experts stress the importance of reducing energy in addition to producing it.

While the buzz around green homes often centers around solar energy, high-performance homes expert Craig Foley urges real estate professionals interested in energy efficiency to “reduce before you produce.” In other words, the primary focus should first be on insulation, ventilation, and selecting right-sized mechanicals; once those solutions have been installed and tested, energy production features can be considered.

Foley was one of three speakers at the High-Performance Homes Workshop at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco; he was joined by Melisa Camp and John Shipman. All three have earned NAR’s GREEN designation and have further earned the Green REsource Council's EverGreen Award in recent years. Together, they outlined the three steps for building high-performance homes:

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