Asking the right questions can help ensure that you and your family get the home you want. Home builders can give you perspective on all the home performance features behind the walls that create a more comfortable indoor space. REALTORS®, members of the National Association of REALTORS®, are in the business of solving problems and connecting you with the best property for your needs.

Consider asking some of the questions below when meeting with professionals so you get a more complete picture of a home’s performance and ensure your next home provides comfort, efficiency and a healthy living space.

Someone in my family has allergies and asthma.


What you want

  • Healthier indoor air quality

What features to look for in your next home

  • Bathroom exhaust fan
  • Kitchen range hood
  • HEPA filter
  • HVAC systems with sensors and automation
  • Low VOC materials

What to ask about for your future home

  • In this geographic location, are there benefits to having an automated heating, ventilation and air conditioning system with sensors that monitor moisture?
  • What types of heating, ventilation and air conditioning system filters should I use given that a member of my household has asthma? And how often should I replace them?
  • Do the bathroom and range hood exhaust fans vent to the outside of the house?
  • Did you use building materials that emit fewer toxins?
  • Does the home have a green or high performance certification by a third party?

I’m worried about temperatures changing from room to room.


What you want

Increased energy efficiency, comfortable indoor temperature

What features to look for in your next home

  • A smart thermostat
  • Weatherstripping around windows & doors
  • High R-value insulation in floors, walls and ceilings
  • A continuous building envelope

What to ask about for your future home

  • Does the home have a smart thermostat? If not, would the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system work more efficiently from the installation of one after we move in?
  • What is a continuous building envelope and why is it important?
  • Does the amount of insulation in the walls, ceilings, roofs and floors meet or exceed the local code?
  • Does the efficiency of the windows and doors meet or exceed local code?
  • What were the results of the blower door test?

We fight over the thermostat.


What you want

  • Consistent indoor temperature

What features to look for in your next home

  • A smart thermostat
  • High R-value insulation in floors, walls and ceilings
  • Appropriately sized HVAC equipment
  • A continuous building envelope

What to ask about for your future home

  • What do I need to look for in an heating, ventilation and air conditioning system?
  • What’s the best temperature to set my thermostat at so it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain indoor temperatures?
  • Does the amount of insulation in the walls, ceilings, roofs and floors meet or exceed the local code?

When I play on the floor with my kids, I notice it’s always cold.


What you want

  • Increased energy efficiency

What features to look for in your next home

  • Weatherstripping around windows & doors
  • High R-value insulation in floors, walls and ceilings
  • A continuous building envelope

What to ask about for your future home

  • What is a continuous building envelope and why is it important?
  • Does the amount of insulation in the walls, ceilings, roofs and floors meet or exceed the local code?
  • Does the efficiency of the windows and doors meet or exceed local code?

When I cook, the smell lingers.


What you want

  • Improved ventilation

What features to look for in your next home

  • Kitchen range hood
  • Smart appliances
  • HVAC systems with sensors and automation

What to ask about for your future home

  • What types of heating, ventilation and air conditioning system filters should I use to reduce cooking odors? And how often should I replace them?
  • Does the range hood exhaust fan vent to the outside?
  • What are the benefits of an automated heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system with sensors that monitor moisture?

The bathroom walls are always wet after I take a shower and I’m worried about mold.


What you want

  • Improved ventilation

What features to look for in your next home

  • Bathroom exhaust fan
  • HVAC systems with sensors and automation

What to ask about for your future home

  • Does the bathroom exhaust fan vent to the outside? Does it have a timer?
  • How long should I run the exhaust fan after someone takes a shower?
  • What are the benefits of an automated heating, ventilation and air conditioning system with sensors that monitor moisture?

I don’t like that the A/C seems to run all the time.


What you want

  • Increased energy efficiency, lower monthly bills

What features to look for in your next home

  • A smart thermostat
  • High R-value insulation in floors, walls and ceilings
  • Appropriately sized HVAC equipment
  • A continuous building envelope

What to ask about for your future home

  • Does the home have a smart thermostat? If not, would the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system work more efficiently from the installation of one after we move in?
  • What were the results of the blower door test?
  • What do I need to look for in a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system?
  • What’s the best temperature to set my thermostat at so it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain indoor temperatures?
  • Does the amount of insulation in the walls, ceilings, roofs and floors meet or exceed the local code?
  • Does the home have a green or high performance certification by a third party?

My current home always feels humid.


What you want

  • Consistent indoor temperature

What features to look for in your next home

  • HVAC systems with sensors and automation
  • High R-value insulation in floors, walls and ceilings
  • Appropriately sized HVAC equipment
  • A continuous building envelope
  • Bathroom exhaust fan
  • Kitchen range hood
  • Dryer vented to outside

What to ask about for your future home

  • What are the benefits of an automated heating, ventilation and air conditioning system with sensors that monitor moisture?
  • Has the basement or crawl space been properly sealed to reduce moisture?
  • Do the dryer and bathroom and range hood exhaust fans vent to the outside of the house?
  • What is a continuous building envelope and why is it important?
  • Does the amount of insulation in the walls, ceilings, roofs and floors meet or exceed the local code?
  • Does the home have a green or high performance certification by a third party?

I feel outside air getting in when I’m near the windows.


What you want

  • Consistent indoor temperature, comfortable indoor space

What features to look for in your next home

  • High R-value insulation in floors, walls and ceilings
  • Weatherstripping around windows & doors
  • Appropriately sized HVAC equipment
  • A continuous building envelope
  • Double- or triple-pane window with lower SHGC and u-factors

What to ask about for your future home

  • What is a continuous building envelope and why is it important?
  • Does the amount of insulation in the walls, ceilings, roofs and floors meet or exceed the local code?
  • What do I need to look for in a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system?
  • What’s the best temperature to set my thermostat at so it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain indoor temperatures?
  • Are the windows and doors high efficiency?
  • Does the home have a green or high performance certification by a third party?

Tip: Before replacing windows, check the manufacturer’s solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) label on the windows you’re considering buying. The lower the number, the less solar heat it emits, protecting your home from getting overheated when the sun is bright.

Tip: Think about getting an infrared camera evaluation to see whether or not the building envelope is sealed. If it’s not, this could be your culprit.

The paint on my siding is peeling.


What you want

  • Improved durability and reduced humidity

What features to look for in your next home

  • Moisture management
  • Dehumidification system
  • Bathroom exhaust fan
  • A continuous building envelope

What to ask about for your future home

  • What do I need to look for in a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system?
  • In this geographic location, are there benefits to having an automated heating, ventilation and air conditioning system with sensors that monitor moisture?
  • What is a continuous building envelope and why is it important
  • Does the amount of insulation in the walls, ceilings, roofs and floors meet or exceed the local code?

Tip: Certain paints are formulated to reduce condensation and protect against mold or mildew.

My utility bills are too high.


What you want

  • Increased energy efficiency, lower monthly bills

What features to look for in your next home

  • A smart thermostat
  • High R-value insulation in floors, walls and ceilings
  • Appropriately sized HVAC equipment
  • A continuous building envelope
  • ENERGY STAR appliances
  • WaterSense labeled fixtures
  • Irrigation systems with sensors

What to ask about for your future home

  • What is a continuous building envelope and why is it important?
  • Does the amount of insulation in the walls, ceilings, roofs and floors meet or exceed the local code?
  • What do I need to look for in a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system?
  • What’s the best temperature to set my thermostat at so it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain indoor temperatures?
  • Are the appliances high efficiency?
  • Are the fixtures high efficiency?
  • Are the windows and doors high efficiency?
  • Does the home have a green or high performance certification by a third party?

Tip: Ask your professional about the ENERGY STAR and green home certifications as well as your Energy Rating Index Score and HERS Score. Scoring high and certifying your home will improve comfort and efficiency while improving your home’s resale value.

Granada Park

If you are discerning, environmentally-conscious individual, the green homes at Granada Park align with your sensibilities. They are NGBS certified with a focus on the following attributes:

  • FGBC Certification
  • Healthy Homes
  • Low Operating Costs
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainable Lifestyle
  • Walkable Neighborhood

Located in Sarasota’s West of Trail area, between North Siesta Key and Oyster Bay, Granada Park offers green home construction with the leisure of a maintenance-free lifestyle in a highly-desirable location. These coastal-inspired residences are the ideal home base for a green lifestyle.

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