Here’s why I’m being recognized as a NGBS Green Partner of Excellence.
I have a background in environmental management and economic development, and I’m bringing this expertise into my real estate business. Today I’m honored to announce that I’ve been selected as one of the NGBS Green Partners of Excellence. The National Green Building Standard is the highest certification that a high-performance home can achieve. I’m proud to say that I’ve been recognized for my “sustained excellence as an NGBS Green Partner, my leadership in the field, and my unwavering commitment to high-performance design and construction.”
I’ve been recognized for two reasons. First, I’m about to break ground on the Array development that I’ve been working on for two and a half years. It’s North Carolina’s first 100% net-zero energy neighborhood. The houses will be built to NGBS standards and will all have solar panels to achieve net-zero energy.
These houses will produce as much energy as they consume, and the neighborhood will have a significantly reduced carbon footprint. Each house will avoid 9.2 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. All 12 houses will avoid 110 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
“As this portion of the real estate sector grows, the data needs to be there.”
I’m also developing the land in accordance with NGBS standards and working with the North Carolina Forestry Commission on having Array designated as a wildlife-friendly neighborhood. I’m so proud of the positive impact this neighborhood will have on the environment.
The second reason why I was selected as a Green Partner of Excellence is because I’m the chair of the Triangle Multiple Listing System Stakeholder Council. We make recommendations for changes to the MLS programs and policies to the board of directors. I recommended expanding the MLS to include all necessary green data fields, and the board agreed. This project is currently underway to make the MLS more green.
We’re doing this so that Realtors and appraisers have the right data on green homes so they can be marketed and valued property. High-performance homes are more expensive to build, but less expensive to operate. The features in a high-performance home add additional value as well. As this portion of the real estate sector grows, the data needs to be there for Realtors and appraisers to be able to do their jobs properly.
If you have any questions for me about this topic or anything else related to real estate, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.