What is the HERS Index?

HERS is the acronym for Home Energy Rating System, and it is “the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance.” Homes are rated for energy efficiency and issued with a HERS Index Score based on their energy performance. The rated home is compared to the HERS Reference Home to determine how

Meet GaïaMa Miami

There is a very special green-certified home on the market in Miami – GaïaMa in Biscayne Park. More than just a green home, GaïaMa integrates the very best smart house technology into a low-impact, sustainable, & healthy home. Modern open floor plan with high ceilings, lots of natural light, polished concrete floors in the living areas

Pools of Our Lives

Today is the first day of summer, and here in South Florida that means our swimming pools will be in especially heavy demand. As any pool owner knows, the energy needed to run the pool filtration pump can add some serious dollars to our electric bills – an average of $460 per year according to EnergyStar.gov!

Introduction to WELL Building

“We believe that buildings should be developed with people’s health and wellness at the center of design.” WELL building was the topic at last night’s U.S. Green Building Council – Miami Chapter program. Susan MacMurchy from Delos in New York and Jonathan Burgess from The Spinnaker Group led the discussion, which included an overview of the WELL

Florida Power & Light Ends Most Energy-Efficiency Rebates

Florida Power & Light has again reduced or eliminated rebates for various energy-efficiency residential upgrades. As of Oct. 1, rebates for the following residential programs have been discontinued: Duct, Roof Coating and Membranes; Roof Replacement; Solar Photovoltaics (PV); Solar Water Heating; and all air-conditioning units except for straight cool, air cooled units with a SEER

How to Keep Your Miami Recycling Cart Happy

Miami-Dade County has given us this bit of silliness to help educate Miami-Dade residents about what can and cannot be recycled in our county’s curbside recycling program. Recycling carts are fed up with being fed the wrong things… find out how to Keep Your Cart Happy! Miami-Dade County provides curbside recycling services to residents in

10 Best Cities for Green Homes – Two Florida Cities Make the List

In honor of Earth Day, Redfin analyzed residential real estate listings in each of their service areas from March 2014 to March 2015, looking for those mentioning “green” features. No, Miami did not make the list (this year) but two other Florida cities did! Congratulations Tampa and Orlando. What exactly counts as a green feature in a home? Green