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Shortage of Green Real Estate Inventory in California

Green real estate in California is experiencing more demand than supply according to Ron Schwolsky, a registered eco-broker.

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california precipitation landscape and solar solutions Green real estate in California is experiencing more demand than supply according to Ron Schwolsky, a registered eco-broker.

Schwolsky and his wife are doing their part to encourage green retrofitting and building not only with a greening a property of their own but encouraging the media to tell the story of how to green a home. Check out the detail on their website:

"Tammy and I have purchased a home in Studio City, CA., that we are renovating green. The home is currently 2450 sq ft and is architecturally unique.

The greening starts with the termite inspection. We will be using an alternative method that uses non-toxic remedies of extermination. This method is great on the budget because there are no move-out costs (3 days if tenting) and you don't have to clear out the food in the house and most importantly, it works.

We also had an energy rater come in to inspect all the duct work for any leaks and a structural engineer to see if the framing is bolted to the foundation. The duct work could be leaking 30 to 40% which is very common and you can lose a significant amount of heat and air conditioning into your attic which creates a much higher utility bill. Leaks also allow insulation to get sucked into your ducts and negatively affect your indoor air quality.

Green Upgrades to Create a Green Home

The upgrades to this home will include: solar panels, tank-less water heater, dual pane, low e windows, improved ventilation, new kitchen with energy star appliances and cabinets with FSC wood and formaldehyde free, 3 bathrooms with recycled tile and ultra low flow products, water filtration system and low voc paints, saltwater pool conversion, non-toxic insulation and the list goes on. Instead of demolition we will be doing deconstruction, which will allow us to donate and/or recycle the existing materials."

Ron & Tammy Schwolsky

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