Archive for June, 2008

Affordable Green Building in Cincinnati!

Many consumers think that going green in a home remodel or buying an eco-friendly house will add significantly to the cost.  Think again, homebuyers – buying a green home, even a LEED-certified home, does not have to put you in the poorhouse.   John Hueber, of John Hueber Homes – the builder of Ohio’s first four LEED-certified single family homes – has estimated the cost of going LEED to be extremely manageable.  On a $300,000 new construction home, John estimates the cost of bringing it up to LEED certification is only an additional $8,500.  Think beyond the initial purchase price or cost of a remodeling project; consider your return on investment.   Put that $308,500 home in Hamilton County, and you will have a 15-year tax abatement as well; 10 years on a remodel.  As long as the green upgrades are kept within reason, the tax abatement alone will pay back the extra cost over the course of the 15-year period.  Not only that, but with 40%-60% savings on utilities, the yearly savings will pay for those ecologically minded upgrades in short order.  

I know, I know… paying over $300,000 is not an option for most Cincinnatians.  Consider this:  Back on the market with a $15,000 price reduction are the two eco-friendly homes built by the Cincinnati Northside Community Urban Redevelopment Coorporation (CNCURC) at the corner of Chase Ave. and Fergus St.  in Northside.  Jami and I have listed these fantastic homes that boast between 40-60% energy savings and, once certified, will be the area’s first LEED Gold single family homes.  These twin “urban lofts” are listed at $174,000 – for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath newly constructed home with state-of-the-art materials and design in one of Cincinnati’s most exciting urban neighborhoods, that’s an attractive deal. 

These homes are amazing, featuring optimal value engineering, passive solar design, modern aesthetics, environmentally sensitive elements through out such as bamboo flooring, recycled content solid-surface countertops, high-efficiency hybrid HVAC system, metal roof, composite cement siding both with 50-year warranties.  Tours are always welcome – call Jami (513) 515-0689 or Libby, (513) 260-9632. 



June 19, 2008 at 9:06 pm 3 comments

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Libby Hunter and Jami Stutzman are local Cincinnati Realtors and members of the U.S. Green Building Council who have a passion for sustainable living. Environmental responsibility lies at the core of our business practice - let us show you how we can help with ecologically-minded real estate needs. Please browse our blog, visit our local green vendors' websites and if you are in the market to buy or sell a home, let us show you how green features can make all the difference in your experience!

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