What is Green Worth? Unveiling High-Performance Home Premiums in Washington, D.C.

Institute for Market Transformation | DC Dept. of Energy and Environment | Adomatis
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[Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News] Homebuyers are not only increasingly interested in high-performance homes, or homes incorporating green features, but they are also willing to pay more for them, according to a new study released today by the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE).

“What is Green Worth? Unveiling High-Performance Home Premiums in Washington, D.C.,” released by IMT and funded by the DOEE, finds that high-performance homes marketed with green features (such as a solar photovoltaic array or LEED certification) sell for a mean premium of 3.46 percent compared to homes without green features.

“With American households spending around $230 billion each year on energy, the real estate market is beginning to recognize the true value of high-performance homes. Not only do these homes mean lower monthly energy bills for homeowners, but our prior research has also found that homeowners of energy-efficient homes are 32 percent less likely to default on their mortgages,” said IMT Executive Director Cliff Majersik. “This study further emphasizes the value of high-performance homes and showcases that home sellers, realtors, and appraisers who are not factoring in energy efficiency when selling a home are leaving money on the table. This is important not just in the District of Columbia, but across the United States.”..

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