George Nettles, Denver CO – On March 7, 2012, Denver Metrolist released a new Energy/Green Features Addendum that will add a large number of fields for one to search home listings for all aspects of green, solar, environmental certifications and energy efficiency construction. In January 2011, Governor Hickenlooper took over the responsibility of the The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) and its charter. His goal is to continue to shape it into an organization that will effectively, readily and elegantly advance energy efficiency and renewable clean energy resources, while also focusing on increasing business and job creation in Colorado. Hickenlooper and the GEO bought together businesses involved with this field such as vendors, designers, builders, Realtors, and engineers to share their ideas and construct a way forward.
Metrolist’s new green-field initiative is the result of work the company began with the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) in 2010. “We identified two major reasons why we should move forward with searchable green fields,” said James T. Wanzeck, Metrolist Board Chairman. “The first is social responsibility. Buildings, after all, consume 39 percent of the nation’s energy use.” “Adding searchable green fields to Metrolist is very exciting,” said Pete Rusin, a GEO residential program associate. “This effort will not only increase the coverage of energy efficiency fields in Colorado, it will help home owners and buyers find homes that can save them money on their utility costs.” Consistent with the Appraisal Committee’s recommendations, Metrolist’s searchable fields are split into two categories, “Certifications” and “Features.” Sellers can also showcase additional common features of an energy-efficient/”green” home.” Many listings of mid priced and luxury homes in Denver Metro have a lot of green features that can be highlighted in the new addendum. Look at the Metrolist new Energy/Green Features Addendum here. In the past, home buyers could only search on a few items like solar and solar hot water heater. This new form is active now, and will greatly change the home buying considerations and values as we move forward. Hats off to Metrolist, the GEO, and Governor Hickenlooper!