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12 Questions to Ask Your Green Vendor

If you decide that you want to make your home more sustainable, then working with a green vendor can help ensure a more environmentally-friendly home for yourself and your family. As your Tempe real estate agent and a NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Green Designee, I can help you make educated decisions about green vendors, green materials, energy-efficient technology, green ratings, green design, green living and green incentives. There may be many green vendors in your city, making it difficult to determine if a vendor is truly green. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® recommends that you consider the following before hiring a green vendor to help you with your home:


  • What is the vendor's location and proximity to the job site?
  • Does the vendor have a certification or proven affiliation with a recognized green building organization?
  • Is there a professional association for the trade? If so, is the vendor a member and active participant?
  • What is the vendor's knowledge and experience in working with green building issues?
  • Are client references available?
  • Has the vendor completed a green building project similar in size and scope? Are site visits or photographs available? Is client contact information available?
  • Does the vendor recycle or reuse demolition or construction waste?
  • Does the vendor have an area of green specialization?
  • Does the vendor use a third-party organization to verify work?


If you do decide to work with a green vendor, I have posted the names and contact information of some local vendors on the Green Living page on my Web site.


Creating a green home can be an exciting and rewarding process, however is important to understand that you may need to make some compromises. You may come across a green vendor who offers bamboo flooring, but the product must first be shipped from China. Which is more important - the product that helps lessen your impact on the environment, or the fuel it will take to get the product here? Only you can answer that question.


For more information on green vendors, please visit the following Web sites:


Patrick Walsh's Green Living


U.S. Green Building Council: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)


National Association of Home Builders

Comment balloon 4 commentsPatrick Walsh • May 22 2009 04:32PM


Construction sites can be very wasteful places, so working with a green vendor is important.

Posted by Brenda Carus (Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Patrick, This is a very good post with good information and questions to ask.

Posted by Don Eichler (Eichler Properties) almost 9 years ago

Hi Patrick, Angela Thornton at Earth Maids is a colleague and a friend of mine and I can certainly attest to her staunch commitment to maintaining a toxic-free cleaning experience. 

Posted by Michelle Viggiano, healthyhomeaz (Four Winds Healthy Home Carpet & Air Duct Cleaning) almost 9 years ago

Nice list Patrick...another consideration may be to ask the vendor how they source their materials. Ideally, vendors would source materials regionally which generally means within a few hundred miles or less.

Posted by John Thomas, EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA (E3 Green HOMES) over 8 years ago

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