CanWest News Service
Published: Saturday, July 28, 2007
Every Canadian home should have a mandatory energy evaluation before it can be put on the market, says a Toronto real estate broker who is setting up a national green real estate association. “Within five years, we hope to have mandatory energy audits on every resale home,” says Elden Freeman, executive director of the non-profit National Association of Green Agents and Brokers, which has 15,000 members. In Canada, 40% of greenhouse gas emissions are attributed to the construction and operation of homes. Evaluations assess insulation, appliances, furnaces, air conditioners and exhaust fans and measure a home’s airtightness. Agents can stage a home to boost curb appeal, Mr. Freeman says, but rarely mention green factors. “Weak houses would be forced to improve or sell for less money,” he says.
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