Eco-conscious architect Michelle Kaufmann AIA, LEED® AP posted an interesting series of charts, comparing the Sunset Breezehouse's energy usage to that of a traditional style national best selling design. Now only if homes on the market were really required to disclose this sort of information on their "For Sale" signs...
Sounds like Michelle has the same idea: "Homebuyers need more information about the homes they are buying when they are buying. There should be a way for them to have easy access to information like how efficiently a home will use energy and water, how healthful and eco-friendly its materials are, and the price of a home needs to be discussed in terms of long-term monthly costs rather than the hardly relevant upfront cost."
A lot of the terms and figures are likely over the heads of most home owners (including ourselves). But like "saturated fat" versus "polyunsaturated fat", future green minded home buyers will likely want to know sustainability figures like "R-value", "U-factor", and "VOC" before putting down serious money for a home that may or may not hurt both themselves and the environment around them. Check out Michelle's complete post here...it's a great read.