In the real-estate industry's Multiple Listing Service (MLS), which is used by agents to electronically list properties for sale, it’s not necessarily easy to find a “green” home. But that’s changing as some MLS systems start to incorporate forms for including information about the home’s energy-efficiency and renewable-energy features, such as energy-efficient appliances, passive or active solar collection, sustainable building materials, low-flow toilets and faucets, and water-saving landscaping.
Analysts see it not only as a benefit to green-oriented home buyers but as a tool for lenders and appraisers to correctly value a home's efficiency enhancements. About 80 MLS systems nationwide have adopted the program. (The Denver Post)