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Sustainability 101

Conservation of Resources

The value of energy efficiency retrofits and the environmental value of reuse.

Value of Energy Efficiency Retrofits: A research study examines the potential size and investment opportunity of upgrading and replacing energy-consuming equipment in US real estate. Read more here.

Environmental Value of Reuse: A report produced by the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the potential environmental benefit of building reuse. Read more here.

Consumer Quiz on Sustainable Consumption

The National Geographic/GlobeScan “Consumer Greendex,” is a scientifically derived sustainable consumption index of actual consumer behavior and material lifestyles across 17 countries. Take the Greendex quiz to rate your sustainable consumption.

Cost of Livings Savings: Energy Costs

Average energy bill for the typical single family home is $2,200. Where does it go? This chart by Energy Star details energy use.

Green Building 101

What is green building? Information on cost, space efficient dwellings, aging-in-place, green building certifications and more, compiled by the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

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The facts on going green, including common myths, compiled by the National Association of Realtors®.

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Green Building Glossary (national)

National glossary from the NAR Green REsource Council.

Personal Health and Safety Benefits

Quality of Life Benefits

Want to live healthier? Green building isn’t just good for the environment; it’s also good for YOU. Sustainable design and technology enhance a resident’s overall quality of life by improving air and water quality and reducing noise pollution. Read more here.

Resale Value

Research demonstrates homes with “green” updates sell for more.

Green Updates: NY Times column on real estate answers the question, “Can green updates increase the value of my home? If so, what are the most cost-effective options?” Read more here.

Solar Panels: A recent study on solar panels suggests homeowners may recoup their full investment from the installation and then some, when their home is sold. Read more here.

Walking Through a Green House

RMLS compiled a list of features you might see (including photos) when walking through a home with sustainable improvements.