Energy Saving Incentives For Historic Bungalows

May 8, 2009
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Homeowners can now apply for grants to cover their expenses for energy efficient needs under the Bungalow energy$avers Program. A total of $2,000 can be saved by homeowners per year on their bills for lighting, heating and cooling with basic energy conversation steps as proven by the success of the three Green Bungalow Blocks. Homeowners who wish to apply for the grant should certify their bungalows with the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association to qualify. The certification application should be supported by front and rear photos of your bungalows.

A weatherization contractor from the HCBA will conduct a free energy assessment of your home and this will determine which weatherization improvements are…

Earth Day Home Makeovers

April 24, 2009
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Residents of Canaan Homes are getting a facelift for their homes in line with the Earth Day celebration. The Earth Day makeover is part of the Kentucky Clean Energy Corps which will benefit more than a dozen houses and one of those is owned by Odell and Flora Runyon. The Runyon home had been living in their century-old home which could not even protect them from the cold.

The homes have been outfitted by the Imogene Voyles special electric meter which shows the cost of electricity being used by the home on a per hour basis. A team led by Danny McKinney has started to provide improvements in the homes that…

Higher Occupancy For Green Buildings

April 20, 2009
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Green real estate may take more dollars to build but ultimately these green buildings become more feasible later on as they attract higher occupancy rate. This was confirmed by CoStar Group which reported a high occupancy rate for buildings with Energy Star or LEED certifications. CoStar group, which provides commercial real estate information, recently released a study involving billions of square feet of commercial buildings.

CoStar’s study shows that green buildings have better financial metrics giving rise to the conclusion that non-green buildings are becoming obsolete. While the report shows high values for buildings with green labels, it did not however show evident that the increased values were accredited to LEED…

McGraw Hill Construction Report Backs Green Building Benefit

January 2, 2009
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A report from the McGraw-Hill Construction backed the perceived benefits of green buildings to business in terms of employer productivity, lower operating costs and environmental benefits. At first glance, going green on your construction projects may cost more but in the long term it will eventually lead to increased revenue for building owners.

McGraw-Hill VP of Industry Analytics Harvey M. Bernstein said these findings will show that green buildings are equal to good businesses. He said green buildings seem to be paying off with the entire industry reaping benefits from it. The reports show a 13.6% decrease in operating costs, 10.9% increase in building values and a 9.9% increase in return…