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detailaddict
Most people seem to think of "green" in terms of energy efficiency, but I wonder to what extent others take the land itself into consideration as well. I've spent the last several years eradicating invasive plants from the ~1 acre wooded portion of our 1.8-acre lot, not to boost resale value but because it needed to be done and I have felt that this is simply good stewardship. But now that we're close to putting our home on the market I've been trying to put out "feelers" as to whether this will be an appealing feature to potential buyers. It only "increases" the property's value to the extent that people place value on a healthy ecosystem; but if the idea catches on it could be a way to "market" habitat restoration on private property, becoming a win-win-win for the seller, the buyer and the land. Would anyone out there be willing to pay more for an invasive-free plot of land? Thoughts?
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Mariana Pickering (Emu Building Science)
Great comment, @detailaddict. I think there is a small subset of people who understand the value of a plot of land that has received as much attention and dedication as the house itself... but I'm not sure that's really reflected in market prices yet. I'm a fan of the Sustainable Sites initiative, originally modelled after LEED, which certifies landscapes that are high performing. Maybe you could see if your local council or state offer any kind of certification or statement acknowledging your restoration efforts? Then you'd just have to effectively communicate that as a feature of the house when you put it on the market.
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leigh7169
Think about ICF, insulated concrete Form Construction. It creates an airtight highly insulated fire and storm resistant home for the same or less money than standard Construction. as an architect I've been designing this way for the past 6 years with much success for my clients. Leigh Overland architect of anyone would like more information.
   
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