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I respectfully ask you to substitute the term “business competitiveness” with “climate change” in advancing your policy agendas.  The relationship between these is simple, transitive and linear.

Averting climate change = efficiencies & renewables = business competitiveness

There are a number of business reasons and trends that demonstrate their equivalence.

  • LOWER ENERGY USE (VIA EFFICIENCIES & RENEWABLE ENERGY) RESULTS IN DECARBONIZATION – When efficiencies and renewable energy create low/no energy use, that by default creates low/no carbon emissions.  This reframe would provide the necessary political cover for you to support highly efficient (American) business, service and industry, while skirting the politically incendiary term “climate
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HOAs can be big buzzkills – full of nosy busybodies who bust chops for seemingly minor infractions like where to put trash for pickup or which shrubs to select.  But when it comes to energy-efficiency features and renewable energy generation, HOAs can say how to install those things, but they can’t say “no”. 

Here in Colorado, real estate law links fossil-fuel use to clean air, encouraging anything that reduces burning oil, gas and coal.  (‘Remember Denver’s brown cloud?)  If fossil-fuel-free features run afoul of HOA guidelines, those rules and regs no longer win out.


When it comes to renewable energy, the law is short and sweet[i], and it lumps using renewable energy right along with displaying the American flag and political

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Making the case for big-ticket green features in home and building boils down to one question – Who’s gonna own it? 

Often the answer makes a whole lot more sense when it’s a “we” rather than a “me.”

I’m not talking about changing light bulbs and easy, affordable measures with paybacks of a couple of years.  I mean the really big stuff – like larger solar arrays and solar hot water, geothermal heat pumps, and small wind projects.  In other words, there’s greater purchasing power when a group of owners come together as a single entity rather than each owner separately springing for these features.

In real estate law here, the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (CCIOA) governs groups of property owners who can pool resources to purchase and

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We just released our second annual Sustainability Report, and it's available for download.  

GreenSpot Real Estate is a real estate brokerage helping clients buy, sell and lease commercial and residential properties.  We're also in the business of selling products and services - green homes and buildings, and sustainability services like LEED and ENERGY STAR certifications.  

GreenSpot is known as an "impact" company, and we received a globally recognized designation signifying that last year as a certified B Corporation.  Impact companies (and B Corps) demonstrate "ESG" (environmental, social and governance) benefit in addition to financial success.  When the cash register rings at GreenSpot, there's often significant ESG benefit, and it's outlined

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Last December, 195 countries agreed to reduce carbon emissions to 10 percent of 2005 levels by mid-century to avert the worst effects of climate change. The resulting impact on the places we live and work will be enormous. 

The Paris Agreement draws a sharp line in the sand for anyone building, developing or investing in the built environment - create carbon-neutral homes and buildings, or be left behind.


In December 2015, signatories to the Paris Agreement agreed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to limit climate change to no more than 2 degrees (C.) with 1.5 degrees as the desired target.  Each country will determine its own GHG reduction and ratchet that commitment every five years.  Countries must also report

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I get a knot in my stomach when I drive around and routinely see wasted opportunities to make homes and buildings more energy-efficient.  ‘Specifications that can be easily folded into a new home or remodel at the beginning of the project. 

These things can have a huge impact on how the home will feel when you’re living in it, and what the utility bills will look like.  Most of these are simply a matter of your design professional at the right time specifying better features or construction materials for your property.  Cost?  Their vigilance upfront and YOUR intention.

  • ELECTRICIANS & INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS – I run into very few residential electricians who bother to install high-efficiency light bulbs like LEDs.  Most slap in incandescent
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DENVER (Dec. 3, 2015) — GreenSpot Real Estate received the 2015 “Green Dealmaker” award given by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Colorado chapter on Dec. 1, 2015.  The award singles out GreenSpot as the state’s most sustainable real estate company with expertise in high-performance properties, and a jury panel of nine judges selected GreenSpot from three finalists.

Started in 2010, GreenSpot Real Estate provides a menu of real estate transaction brokerage and developer services, with a specialty in certified, energy-efficient building.  The company has since become an industry leader in realizing higher sale and appraisal valuations for this specialized category of real estate – high-performance homes and buildings.


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When you’re preparing to bring a newborn home, having a nursery at-the-ready is de rigeur.  But one thing you may forget is that your home will run 24/7.  And that means a spike in energy bills – as much as 20 percent or more.

One of my clients lives in inner-city Denver in a house built in 2005 – meant to look like the neighboring Victorian bungalows all around it.  The house has 1,538 square feet above-grade and a full, finished basement.  Gas furnace and electric air-conditioner (10 years old).   Three refrigerators because they love fine wine and craft beer.  Plus 39 lights – most of which had high-wattage incandescent light bulbs.  Hubby is also a photographer so lots of gear plugged in for charging.

Mr. and Mrs. Bungalow brought their new baby

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Almost daily, people ask me about solar and how it interacts with residential and commercial real estate – whether it’s worth it, does it appraise, ways to implement it, etc.

In this post, I’ll answer some of the questions I get asked routinely about the nexus of solar and real estate.


There are several ways to take ownership of solar energy, and/or the good karma you get from it.

BUY – You can buy the solar array, inverters and meter outright. You call a solar provider who sells systems, they spec one for you, you write the check, and BOOM! They install a solar system that’s yours, all yours.

POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT (“PPA”) – This is the solar lease of the 21st century, and a couple of years back, over 80

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The actuaries have it right.


Not only are green buildings healthier, productivity lifters, and worth more money in capital markets - now the insurance industry confirms that they’re better insurance risks.


And one casualty insurer is offering hefty discounts for green-certified properties.


“The greener the buildings are, the bigger a premium credit we offer.  There’s a direct correlation between quality of risk and green-building practices” says Eric Arthur, executive vice president and co-founder ofFulcrum Insurance Programs outside Seattle.


“The type of manager who’s spending time to green policies and procedures is doing a better job of watching the shop.”


Fulcrum offers discounted casualty insurance premiums of

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