Growing A Greener Outer Banks NC

January 13, 2011

GREEN REAL ESTATE PREDICTIONS FOR 2011

Filed under: community, environment, News — Tags: , , , , , , , — 4x4RE @ 12:06 pm

I came just came across an interesting article by Jim Simco, and I thought I would share it.

GREEN REAL ESTATE PREDICTIONS FOR  2011

by Jim Simcoe

In less than 24 hours 2010 will be over and a new year of real estate investment opportunities and challenges will begin. In regards to green real estate, here are my predictions for 2011 (in no order):

1.  Green Value will replace Green Hype.  2010 was the last year we’ll see people largely  add green elements to their projects just for the heck of it.  Value is starting to trump hype (even in California) and that trend will continue on 2011. Investors/buyers/homeowners won’t pursue green unless they have a fairly accurate prediction of the ROI.

2.  In green building certification circles, Energy Star overtakes LEED.  LEED has always been the 800 pound gorilla in the green building certification market.  However the actual value to the end user/buyer of a LEED certified building is beginning to wane.  LEED costs more, takes longer and is more paperwork intensive than Energy Star.  LEED is a clunky old PC running Windows 3.1. Energy Star is an iPad.

3. ROI measurement becomes easier for investors. New technologies and data on recent projects make it much easier for an investor to project the return on any green building method/equipment.  For example, a few years ago it was difficult to quantify the true cost savings on utility bills (and thus value to an end buyer) of blowing closed cell insulation into walls. You’d get a range, say between 30-70% savings.  Not exactly a great way to forecast. Now with a few quick calculations and a cursory knowledge of building envelop design you can get to a very accurate projection, often within 10%.

4.  Opportunity is rapidly becoming obligation.  I’ve written about this before but it is getting more prevalent now.  Sellers/Property Owners (investors or not) are getting squeezed by 2 distinct groups.  First, City/State/Federal legislators who are increasingly enacting green building codes for new AND existing buildings. Second, buyers/renters who are becoming more ‘green’ educated and are demanding more green features.  Both groups are putting added pressure on investors to address green in their projects.

5.  Green products-faster, cheaper, more abundant.  More than ever there are a plethora of green building products on the market.  These products are often higher quality and lower priced than their non-green competitors.  For real estate investors this couldn’t have come at a better time. You can now green a project without having to overspend on materials or equipment.

6.  In 2010, approximately 40%* of your target market (buyers/renters) understood the value of paying more for green homes/apartments and were willing to pay a premium for those amenities.  That number should double in 2011.  It has become much easier for buyers/renters to see the quantifiable difference in value of buying/renting a green home vs. a traditional home. It now makes more sense to get a green home than not.

*Based on a very unscientific study of what I’ve observed in the last year as I’ve worked on projects all over the US.

Source: The Bigger Pockets Blog

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January 9, 2011

North Carolina’s Future: Offshore Drilling & Wind Farms

Filed under: environment, News — Tags: , , , , , , — 4x4RE @ 11:49 am

Tell the Governor What You Think About Offshore Drilling, Wind Farms

North Carolinians have an opportunity to tell Gov. Beverly Purdue what they think about offshore drilling, wind farms and other energy issues that could affect the N.C. coast. The Governor’s Scientific Advisory Panel on Offshore Energy will hold three meetings along the coast next week.  The purpose of the meetings is to get the public’s input on a variety of energy topics affecting the coast. The meetings are set for:

  • Jan. 10: UNC-Wilmington Nursing Building, Room 1051, 4 p.m.
  • Jan. 11: UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, Morehead City, 5 p.m.
  • Jan. 12: Dare County Administration Building, Manteo, 4 p.m.

Appointed in 2009, the panel is scheduled to report its findings in September… read more

Consider attending one of the meetings or submit written comments to the panel. It’s an issue that is very important to the future of our coast.

December 8, 2010

Christmas at the Carova Recycling Center

Filed under: community, News — Tags: , , , , , — 4x4RE @ 1:50 pm

 

We don’t get much snow here in Carova, NC, but we still try to keep the Holiday Spirit alive as best we can.

Even our neighborhood recycling center, affectionately called “The Dump” does what they can to celebrate.

If you are planning on spending the holidays over here, make sure to stop by and say hi to the hard working employees.

June 10, 2010

Is there a sensible solution to the BP oil spill catastrophe?

Is there a sensible solution to the BP oil spill catastrophe?  Perhaps there is.  The video link below will take you to an amazingly simple way to absorb the oil while cleaning up the mess with all natural materials.   It seems all the tools are readily available, inexpensive and easy to use.   

OK, I know this sounds crazy.  The government doesn’t do simple, easy or cheap; usually the chosen solutions are complicated, difficult to administer and expensive.  I mean, Kevin Costner’s invention from Water World?  Really?  It wasn’t even a good movie!

If, after you view this video, you feel a glimmer of hope, please pass it on to everyone you know plus your government representatives.  Perhaps the EPA guys will see it on twitter!!

Hey, it is worth a try before the oil gets to the Outer Banks and ruins our pristine coastline, not to mention our economy.  Talk about beach closings, this could be the daddy of them all.

See the cool solution here.  And thanks for helping.  Maybe we can save some wildlife before they need that bath with Dawn!

May 13, 2010

Surfside Scute 5K and Tiny Turtle Kids Fun Run

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — 4x4RE @ 10:23 am
Posh Pouches will be at the Surfside Scute as a FUNDRAISER for Corolla Ocean Rescue…please help us support COR and the Earth by using our handmade reusable snack and sandwich bags! GO GREEN in COROLLA!!!!! Please spread the word so we can make this an amazing fundraiser for them! Thanks visit www.poshpouches.com before you go!

April 4, 2010

A New Outer Banks for the Old Vacationers

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — 4x4RE @ 11:14 am

People who have been coming to The Outer Banks of North Carolina should be aware of some “Green” changes that have happened since last Summer.  The obvious change they will notice is that when they go shopping they will be getting paper not plastic. The legislature passed a ban on plastic bags on the Outer Banks about 9 months ago.

The changes that are not as obvious, but are important for out of state vacationers to know, is that North Carolina has made it illegal to throw away plastic bottles or aluminum cans into their land fills. The ban on aluminum cans has been in effect since 1994, and the ban on plastic bottles went into effect this past November.

So While you’re enjoying the beauty of the Outer Banks this summer, please rember to recycle your cans & bottles.

March 29, 2010

Fresh Produce…What Is And What Is Not Safe

Filed under: News, organic, Tips — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — Morgan Mason @ 4:27 pm

Recently I found two lists of fruits and vegetables; The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15.  What was interesting to me was finding 15 different produce items that do not necessarily need to be grown organically in order to be safe for consumption.  They are the lowest in pesticide residue, not free of pesticides.  I thought that was a positive approach to safe food choices, especially in today’s economy.  Organic is typically more expensive (and worth it) but why not also choose to save a little money from time to time without the worry about your or your family’s health being compromised?

Here are the two lists along with a link to more information. www.foodnews.org

Clean 15 (Lowest In Pesticides)       The Dirty Dozen (Buy Organic)

1.  Onion                                                                                       1.  Peach

2.  Avocado                                                                                   2.  Apple

3.  Sweet Corn                                                                             3.  Bell Pepper

4.  Pineapple                                                                                4.  Celery

5.  Mango                                                                                     5.  Nectarine

6.  Asparagus                                                                               6.  Strawberries

7. Sweet Peas                                                                              7.  Cherries

8.  Kiwi                                                                                         8.  Kale

9.  Cabbage                                                                                 9.  Lettuce

10. Eggplant                                                                                10. Grapes (Imported)

11. Papaya                                                                                  11. Carrot

12. Watermelon                                                                           12. Pear

13. Broccoli

14. Tomato

15. Sweet Potato

March 25, 2010

It’s Almost Earth Hour

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — 4x4RE @ 9:40 am

t’s about Earth Hour, which is this Saturday at 8:30 local time.  On Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people around the world will come together to call for action on climate change by doing something quite simple—turning off their lights for one hour. The movement symbolizes that by working together, each of us can make a positive impact in this fight, protecting our future and that of future generations. Learn more about how Earth Hour began, what we’ve accomplished, and what is in store for 2010.

In support of this event, please be sure to turn off your computers, monitors and printers when you are done for the day. Shutting down all unnecessary equipment can be a show of your support. It’s a small step, but let’s do what we can. Click here to visit MyEarthHour.org.

February 16, 2010

Southern Shores Canal Dredge A Bust

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — Morgan Mason @ 12:08 am

Southern Shores Canal Dredge A Bust. http://ow.ly/17BBu

January 23, 2010

Currituck County’s Green Initiative

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — 4x4RE @ 12:29 pm

As with Most of North Carolina, Currituck County has been trying to do their part in going Green and  being more environmentally conscious. In 2008 they had set up the Currituck Goes Green Initiative. Their goal for this initiave was to save tax dollars, assure clean land, air and water, improve working and living environments, and allow the county to thrive in the future.

To further reinforce their Green Initiative, in 2009 the Board of Commissioners created the Currituck County Sustainability Resolution to show their plans to lead by example and to make Currituck County more stable, sustainable, and prosperous.

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