In my opinion a fun way to locate green homes is to attend a local green home show. Not all states have green home shows or tours, but many do. At a green home show you'll meet green home builders and merchants, see green home goods, and learn more about green homes in general. Check with your local chamber of commerce to learn about green home events in your area.
For an eclectic collection of some awesome green homes for sale visit Green Homes for Sale. This is one of my favorite drool worthy sites on the web although there are cons - for example, not all the homes seem as green as they could be. People will list some nutty stuff there along with some insanely expensive homes. However, you can search by location U.S., Canada, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico, ID number, or even watch fun slide shows and it is a fun site to browse; just not all that realistic at all times.
Educate yourself. Just because a green home is listed as a green home does not make it so. On the flip side there are eco-friendly homes out there that likely aren't being marketed as such. Read green home books, green building magazines, and green home guides or green building blogs to get familiar with green home terms and trends. Look at typical green home products and compare them. Make a list of green attributes you want in a home before you start shopping. There's no need to pay more for a 'green' home that's not.
Green home information links for consumers:
- The National Green Building Program
- Green Home Guide - find professionals in the green building business.
- Search properties at EcoBroker.
- The Association of Energy and Environmental Real Estate Professionals (AEEREP) is a non-profit organization (501c3 non-profit) whose mission is to encourage high quality energy and environmental education for real estate professionals and in turn consumers.
- Green Home Finder
- Energy Star Homes
- Green real estate at Low Impact Living
- Dream Green Homes - explains many common green home features in an easy to digest way.
- Find professionals at Green Building.