Green Building

Green upgrades can increase value of a home

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 09:10

Green and sustainable upgrades like radiant heating systems and solar panels may not only help to limit the amount of energy and electricity used in a home, but they can contribute to a higher value for the residence, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The Earth Advantage Institute determined that homes with third-party environmental certifications sell for 30 percent more than comparable residences without the ratings. Colorado real estate broker Lara Williams told the news source of several key upgrades that homeowners can use to up their asking price.

"Concrete floors work well with in-floor radiant heat, which is a wonderful way to heat a home," Williams told the Press.

While concrete-slab heated floors provide heat to a home, a radiant system that is installed as part of a subfloor can help to make the technology work with any type of flooring.

Radiant heating systems that are installed as part of a subfloor provide a home with an efficient source of heat that warms up quicker than other radiant technology and can be placed under wood, bamboo and other surfaces.