May 2016
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Appraised Value and Energy Efficiency: Getting it Right

The Vermont Green Home Alliance, through its member associations, is distributing Appraised Value and Energy Efficiency: Getting It Right to building design professionals, builders, home performance contractors, appraisers, lenders, and real estate agents. The Alliance wants all to have an opportunity to prepare for the increasing level of high performance new home construction and existing home energy efficiency improvement happening in Vermont.
Developed by the Appraisal Institute and Building Codes Assistance Project (and since endorsed by the National Association of Home Builders), this short piece explains to real estate professionals and lenders why the appraisal of high performance homes is a complex appraisal assignment and, for Architects, builders, home performance contractors, and Realtors®, how to proactively prepare buyers for loan applications and appraisals.
The Vermont Green Home Alliance is an informal alliance of collaborating trade organizations and businesses that operates on a consensus basis. We are working to educate real estate professionals about energy issues and to share accurate energy efficiency and green building information with the real estate market through the multiple listing service (MLS).
Vermont Green Home Alliance

  • Association of Vermont Credit Unions
  • Building for Social Responsibility
  • Building Performance Professionals Association of Vermont
  • Efficiency Vermont
  • Energy Futures Group
  • Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont
  • New England Real Estate Network
  • Passive House Alliance – Vermont Chapter
  • Vermont Association of Professional Home Inspectors
  • Vermont Chapter of the Appraisal Institute
  • Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
  • Vermont Green Building Network
  • Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • Vermont Mortgage Bankers Association
  • Vermont Realtors®
Realty's New Reality
The Emerging High-Performance Home Market

June 16 / 10am-12:15pm
Marlboro Graduate Center /  Brattleboro / 2 hrs CE

Back by popular demand, Realty's New Reality is a 2ce class that will focus on the emerging high-performance housing market in Vermont. This class will include an overview of the real estate value chain (green builders and contractors, listing agents, NEREN's addition of green data fields to their MLS, appraisers, lenders, and homeowners) and how it relates to the proper valuation of more efficient homes. The class will also explore building ratings and certifications, such as ENERGY STAR®, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and energy asset ratings such as the HERS Index Score, which introduces asset valuations. The class will also feature a highlight of legislation and incentives to fund energy-efficiency improvements, renewable energy, and sustainable design in New England. REGISTER
Home Composting Without the Hassle
By 2020, all Vermonters will be required to compost. With proper techniques, composting without a stinky mess is possible and easier than you think. Read
5 Ways to Improve a Home's Air Quality
Poor indoor air quality and indoor pollutants can cause health problems. Improving the air quality in a home or office can be as simple as adding plants. Read
Freddie: Climate Change of Concern to Housing
The impact of climate change on the housing market needs to be carefully considered, according to Freddie Mac, which focused on flood challenges. Read
This newsletter is produced by Vermont Realtors® and made available to its members as a member benefit.

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