3 Reasons to Have Your Portland Home Built With Sustainable Design

by | Jun 3, 2013 | Buyer Tips, Living Urban

3 Reasons to Have Your Portland Home Built With Sustainable Design

Some potential homeowners just don’t want a pre-lived in Portland home. They’d rather have their house built to their own specifications. They want a home that fits their needs exactly. If this is you, don’t worry; we understand. However, if you want to build a new home, take a good look at the future before you decide on a design.

The Future of Design

Thinking of the future might bring ideas of fantastic scientific miracles like smart houses that vacuum themselves. While building your Portland home, also consider using sustainable design. Here are just a few reasons why sustainable design is a great idea:


  1. Government mandates and incentives – Under the current administration, sustainable design is a big thing. In fact, many cities are passing mandates and offering incentives that encourage green building. In a like place Portland, sustainable design is no longer a trend; it’s standard practice. Before having your home built, check into the homeowners’ incentives for green building.
  1. Cost of sustainable design – While sustainable design may be a little more costly than standard home building, don’t just assume that it is. Check with green building contractors as well as standard contractors and compare pricing. Keep in mind that the cost of the design is usually paid back with greatly reduced utility bills. Also, remember that it may be easier and cheaper to build a sustainable home rather than remodel one to be green later.
  1. Resale value – Although you may not ever want to move from your home once it’s built, you never know what will happen in the future. A sustainable design can up the resale value of the home by as much as 15%.


Between the government incentives, the cost savings and the resale value, your Portland home with a sustainable design may end up being the best investment you ever made!

If you’re looking for a green home or a contractor to build one, I can help. I have tons of resources for you!  Also check out more great info about homes on the Portland Real Estate Blog.