Overview

This web-based "Information Atlas" offers an array of useful resources for appraisers of green and high-performance homes and non-residential buildings.
  • News: Announcements about important developments

  • Market data: Categories include the market density of labeled/rated buildings, buildings energy statistics, prevailing energy prices, and locally available financial incentives for making improvements

  • Valuation

    • Single-building case studies: Real-world examples of green-building appraisals for individual buildings

    • Large-sample studies: Studies that isolate the market value of high-performance and green building characteristics

    • Energy Analysis: How to perform valuation

  • Key topics

    • Energy use disclosure: Many localities are instituting requirements for disclosure of energy use as a means of making such information more accessible and transparent in the marketplace

    • Quality assurance: High-performance building features require proper design, installation, and operation in order to realize their potential benefits

    • Codes and standards: Codes and standards are becoming increasingly common at the federal, state, and local level
    • Green Leases: Resources on green leases

    • Rating and benchmarking: A partial list of existing rating and benchmarking systems for residential and non-residential buildings

    • Solar: A properly designed and functioning solar system -- whether for producing electricity or for space or water heating -- adds value to a property

    • Indoor environmental quality: Green and high-performance buildings often improve the indoor environment, with benefits in the areas of indoor air quality, comfort, moisture control, lighting, and acoustics
    • Insurance: Emerging insurance perspectives on green buildings

    • Resilience and durability: There is a growing consensus that truly "green" and "high-performing" buildings must not only be resource-efficient but also durable and resilient in the face of growing natural hazards

  • Resources

    • Educational resources: A partial listing of educational resources on green and high-performance buildings of particular relevance to appraisers

    • Useful publications: All of the publications referenced elsewhere in this site

    • Glossary: relevant terminology

    • Links: Organizations with additional useful information