[GSBN] more on straw bale home values
ejgeorge at riseup.net
ejgeorge at riseup.net
Tue Jan 31 21:08:44 CST 2012
I know they did a HERS rating upon completion, unfortunately the
energy company who did has been taken over by other companies and all
records are lost...might be worth their while to do again though.
Quoting Dusty <dusty at strawandtimber.com>:
> Hello EJ,
> One way to qualify the energy savings is to have the home HERS
> rated. This will give a direct comparison for how this individual
> homes energy performance compares to a national standard. Here in
> Gunnison, CO, an Energy Star straw bale home that sold 3 years
> ago was was re-appraised for approximately 10% more($30000) based on
> the energy savings from the increased insulation and other
> quantifying features based on the energy ratings. This past year
> another straw bale home in our area had an assessed increase value,
> while other comparable stick build homes in the same development had
> a decrease in there assessed value.
> If I can be of service to better define, outline, educate the HERS
> rating process, please let me know
> Dusty Szymanski
> Straw & Timber Craftsmen INC
> dusty at strawandtimber.com
> From: "ejgeorge at riseup.net" <ejgeorge at riseup.net>
> To: Global Straw Building Network <GSBN at sustainablesources.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 12:11 PM
> Subject: [GSBN] more on straw bale home values
> Hi again,
> So another question on US straw bale home values --
> a straw bale home built here in upstate NY in 2005 is going up for
> sale (the owners are relocating). This is one of the first straw
> bale homes to go on the market in NY state or even Northeastern US
> (the only other one I'm aware of is Clark Sanders spec house).
> The realtor (and occasional bale house builder himself) is looking
> for some guidance in setting the home value and was wondering if
> those who live in areas that have more active straw bale resale
> markets (CO? CA? SW in general?) have noticed any trends - a premium
> compared to similar sized/detailed homes due to increased energy
> efficiency? a penalty compared to them for being unconventional?
> about the same? all over the place? Has anyone ever done a study
> comparing straw bale to conventional home market values???
> Any input much appreciated. Thanks again.
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