When considering updating your Shrewsbury, MA home, consider “Going Green”

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Despite the current economy, the United States’ green building market is growing at a steady clip. Some estimates show it to be at $85 billion and growing (http://construction.com/about-us/press/green-building-outlook-strong-for-both-non-residential-and-residential.asp). Some new green features for homes tailoring to the middle class include:

  • Square footage which ranges from 1,600 square feet to 3,500 square feet
  • Bamboo flooring
  • On-Demand Water Heaters
  • Rain Barrels
  • Insulated Windows
  • High efficiency heat pumps
  • Icynene spray foam insulation
  • Non-toxic finishes minus those nasty volatile organic compounds
  • Formaldehyde-free kitchen cabinets
  • All homes come complete with Energy Star specs

You may be wondering: “so what is it going to cost me?” Well, for starters, certain higher-cost “green” items can actually save you money in other places. For example, when installing thicker insulation, a smaller air conditioner is needed. Shorter duct runs create savings when the attic is well-sealed. In addition, you can reap benefits when it comes to resale, since the marketing of this type of home appeals to those looking to save up to as much as 50% on utilities or to live in a green home. The National Association of Home Builders has green building standards to help you assess how energy efficient your home could be with innovative green energy renovations.

I have worked with several excellent contractors in the Shrewsbury area, who pride themselves on going “green.” If you’re thinking of undertaking such a project, feel free to reach out to me anytime, and I’m happy to pass along a few names for you.

 

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts.  A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets.  Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email at steve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us.