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  • New England Real Estate Carbon Challenge
    GO GREEN November 4 2013 0 comments Read More REDUCE Energy Consumption NOW A CLARION CALL FOR ACTION REDUCE Energy Consumption NOW A CLARION CALL FOR ACTION Let us know the reasons why we need to reduce the use of energy now article from epa gov When we conserve energy resources our nation can enjoy cleaner air and a healthier environment and we can help protect the climate by reducing green house gases In 2008 Americans saved more than 19 billion and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 29 million cars through choices they made with energy saving measures and energy efficient homes Homeowners can save energy while improving their home s comfort level by adopting energy efficient building practices Substantial savings are possible whether building a new home renovating an existing one or simply updating some features to improve your home s efficiency Main Source http www epa gov greenhomes ReduceEnergy htm It s not just about doing some good thing to mother earth but also do something good for yourself you children and so on So start conserving now Also you may want to read this article that I personally wrote a few months ago for further analysis and context And oh here s another post Thank you guys Love M October 31 2013 0 comments Read More Investing Elsewhere Investing Elsewhere Hi Michelle here Completely off topic last night I was asked by a friend if it was wise to invest on a property in a much different location in her case somewhere outside the United States She was thinking of buying and selling or renting out old condominiums for profit Her question caught me offguard probably because we were in the middle of discussing the latest episode of Mad Men and her question lacked a proper segue She considered my expertise on the subject and without hesitation I told her yes Why not It s the best time for real estate right now especially in Malaysia Singapore Australia and even Hong Kong Given the fact that I ve lived in all those locations gave her enough confidence that what I m saying is indeed credible The world is in your hands We checked online for properties that can be deemed investment worthy the current trend in Asia is the fast rise of condominiums in cities especially in Kuala Lumpur and Adelaide There s this one nice condo in Bangsar a happening community apparently in Kuala Lumpur that particularly caught my eye She had her sights on The Troika another highrise posh condominium in Malaysia After a few glasses of wine we ended up sleeping on the couch and woke up holding calculators probably there was a bit of a drunk computation activity that happened the previous night I d get back to you and let you know if my friend will eventually hop on the first plane to Asia Take care M May 17 2013 0 comments Read More Restoring the GREEN in Old Condominiums A Practical Guide Restoring the GREEN in Old Condominiums A Practical Guide Email from a previous attendee of the New England Go Green campaign back in 2008 Hey M I have been buying up old real estate here in Malaysia to restore before flipping them in the secondary market And of course being a green devotee I would like to take up the CARBON CHALLENGE and turn them into little green monsters What s your advice Cindy Forbes Well Cindy A lot of homeowners today in Malaysia are looking into buying old condominiums and investing on repairing it They save up a lot on the down payment and the total cost of the house thereby getting shorter terms on mortgage loans and in some cases lower monthly fees While that sounds very promising repairing an old condo can be as expensive as building a new one If you don t have a lot of money for repairs you might still end up with a huge construction loan But if you are creative and innovative enough you may just be in for some good bargain I know because I tried restoring an old Nadi condo in Bangsar and it really broke my budget trying to go green Just as with everything else there are pros and cons to it so read on if you re planning to do exactly this for your condo project Pros You can save up on the down payment While the closing costs are practically the same these old condos are usually sold much much cheaply than newer and expensive condos such as the Park Seven condo in KLCC These houses have outdated electric and water systems most likely so they would really be very very inexpensive Ditto goes for Iskandar region condos You can save up on mortgage Your total mortgage loan won t be as big as when you re buying a new home And for obvious reasons The cheaper the house the smaller the fees and total costs They are usually in very good locations Bangsar Petaling Jaya and New Klang all have potential condominiums that are always in demand to the public Other condo buyers are just not into the hassle of having to work on a condo They want condos that are ready to live in There are old condos in good areas that are a turn off for home buyers because they are a lot of work to do If you invest in them you get both the condo and the good location Cons They may cost you more than a new condo Everything in that old condo could be outdated Most condo buyers are looking for effective green solutions for both houses and condos and this might be a problem You ll have to install new everything ducts electricity water heating etc If your purchase is bad you might be having problems on sloping ceiling pests and what nots You might end up having to tear the whole condo done You may need a different loan for the repairs You wouldn t want double loans right If you do not have enough savings to cover all the repairs you may end up having to take a loan on top of your mortgage on the unit Takes time It s practically just like getting a new condo built You can t live in it until you have finished all the work in it Unit restoration is something for the pros and those who are patient enough Green real estate that are increasing in numbers in certain areas like Mont Kiara and KLCC boasts of facilities that promise little restoration to the owner This is challenging when looking to buy an old condo unit to restore Make sure the foundations are still good and it is not sloping Also make sure to run a whole pest management thing going years of it not being lived in made it an ideal place for rodents termites and all the nasty things in its most hidden nooks and crannies Before making that final purchase on the old condo make sure you know what it entails Speak soon M May 11 2013 0 comments Read More Green DIY It Will Do Your Soul A Lot Of Good Green DIY It Will Do Your Soul A Lot Of Good Today s article features parts from our partners at PropertyReviews my which is NECarbonChallenge s representative in Malaysia E veryone has a dream house I as a kid growing up in the streets of Selangor Malaysia want a lanai that goes straight out of my dining hall and floor to ceiling windows and a huge library and reading nook behind my walk in closet The problem is this house only exists in my imagination and not in the houses that are up for sale anywhere An apartment which would be ideal for me would be one at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre KLCC but that would be a little out of my league in terms of affordability This is the reason why some people consider building their own home over buying a pre built one But would it be a better choice Which will make a more practical move economically especially in Malaysia Let s look at the pros and cons of building your own home Pros The biggest advantage to building your own home and quite frankly the foremost reason why homeowners decide to take this challenging step is getting a home that is fully truly yours built how you want it You would not have to complain about your kitchen bar being too off center or having too much space used on your kitchen or the windows being too small for your taste Oh you would not have neighbors living in the exact same looking home too Building your own home also gives you the freedom and the privilege to choose the exact materials that you want to see in your house Houses in the Petaling Jaya district for one have spacious homes and lots that you can definitely utilize You would not have to worry over having to change anything to match your preferences Now things will be different if you are in a rather cramped property development such as Mont Kiara or Ampang for example And then of course there s that sense of personal gratification over seeing your home built from scratch It s your dream home and you ve seen how it came to be that much of a satisfaction is priceless and something you can never achieve with a pre built home This point is driven home in one of Trulia s blog post which can be found here There are on the other hand some Malaysian developers particularly those in the greater Kuala Lumpur area which give a lot of customization options to buyers reputable developers such as Glomac and Mah Sing come to mind and so there is a middle ground Condominiums such as Troika in KLCC are flexible to some extent when it comes to customization options Also having your own design means that it s easier to take our Carbon Challenge Cons However the biggest disadvantage to building a house is that it is generally more expensive as opposed to buying a home Mortgage lenders in Malaysia typically do not easily grant construction loan so it may take a bit of time to get the financing on it started That is unless of course if you are not going to pay with cash Also building your own home takes a lot of time Whilst you only have to drive up to your pre built home on moving day construction of a new house may take months and sometimes even years to finish Plus you would have to work as much as the weather permits you Weather disturbances can disrupt your construction progress way more than you can imagine This is especially true in the context of the unpredictable Malaysian weather During this downtime you will have to settle down somewhere else if you do no longer have your old home Renting a place during the construction will cost you both the rent and the ongoing construction costs Property hunting in Malaysia can be daunting but at the advent of online property research tools such as PropertyReviews my things are indeed easier now than say three years ago Choosing the right materials to go in your home could also be time consuming Unless you leave it all to your builder which practically defeats the purpose of building the house according to your preferences you will have to go through the process with your engineer contractor It is only fun in the beginning trust me I speak from experience Then again having your own home according to how you dreamed your home to be is a satisfaction that is beyond compare and beyond measure You just have to decide whether or not all the hassle is worth it Not many Malaysians build their own homes but those who do will reap the rewards Finally we do have some workshops lined up in 2013 for those who are interested in building their own homes Click here for more information Resources mentioned in this article PropertyReviews MY Address H 08 Setiawalk Pusat Bandar Puchong 47100 Selangor Malaysia Telephone 013 3540586 Email contact propertyreviews my May 2 2013 0 comments Read More Green Real Estate Good Investment Green Real Estate Good Investment T imes are indeed changing as we have made countless efforts in trying to preserve our environment and the world that we live in In the housing and real estate industry many steps are taken to ensure that every home building or commercial complex will do its part in making our planet a safer place for everyone Thus the emergence of green real estate has played an important role to date in making residences and office spaces more eco friendly What Exactly is Green Real Estate Many factors are taken into consideration before property can be considered as green or eco friendly A lot of buyers and sellers have taken the path towards green living and this is relatively shown by the amount of eco friendly properties and houses being built on a daily basis In Asia specifically in Malaysia there have been countless of residences that are going green Marc Residence for example is conceptualising on ways to promote green living Another good example is Singapore s Mon Jervos it s the country s flag bearer of green development A lot of components come into play insulation for one is a key determiner of green buildings and houses Since heating and cooling contribute to high energy consumption and higher bills a proper insulation that adheres to green standards will make it environmental friendly A building with proper insulation will result into a safer environment Technology also plays a part in making property green The invention of solar panels that allow natural sunlight to enter a house or building is a big step for real estate to go to the green side It has a lot of benefits too cleaner and cooler spaces a relaxed and calming atmosphere and most especially lower bills to pay Careful construction within an area is also taken into consideration before a property can be considered to be eco friendly Who wants to live in a home that is a result of 100 trees being cut down No one Studies have shown that more and more people are becoming aware of the Earth s growing problems every day and would probably consider knowing all the details first before buying any house This is one reason why green real estate has been getting a lot of attention recently and is slowly having a higher market value compared to properties that haven t gone green yet Benefits of Going Green The number one reason why people nowadays are choosing green homes is because of the low costs that green houses and properties accumulate in the long run Lower costs lower bills to pay and lower energy consumption have made it easy for people to change gears and head towards the green direction Here is a quick guide on how to save consumption and therefore save on bills Aside from all the savings you are able to get you can be sure that you re doing the environment a great favour With the growing popularity of green housing and green real estate nowadays you d be sure that you will have a lot of options It s time for you to do your part now Wise words from M April 3 2013 0 comments Read More Calculator Calculator W e ve designed this tool to help you identify actions you can take in your home to reduce your energy consumption costs and greenhouse gas emissions As you select actions to reduce your energy usage we ll give you estimates tailored to your household of what you might expect to save Using this tool you can Take the Challenge and join the many residents throughout New England who are reducing their energy costs and environmental impact VEHICLE EMISSIONS Every gallon of gasoline produces 20 pounds of carbon dioxide and therefore vehicles are a significant source of greenhouse gases There are several ways to reduce automobile emissions ELECTRICITY EMISSIONS Power plants use many fuel types coal oil natural gas biomass hydro nuclear to produce electricity and several of these fuels coal oil natural gas are rich in carbon creating a lot of carbon dioxide when they are burned to produce electricity Reducing our electricity consumption lowers these emissions HEATING AND HOT WATER EMISSIONS How we heat our homes and hot water are frequently the largest sources of household carbon emissions Fortunately there are many ways to reduce these numbers There are some properties around the world which have been developed with this principle in mind Real estate sector in Malaysia for example is famous for the common practice of reducing carbon emissions in their housing projects and new property developments For this reason real estate brokers and agents have the incentive to buy or sell properties which satisfies the requirement for reduced heating and hot water emissions For more information on how the properties for sale in Malaysia incorporate lower heating emissions as part of their real estate development projects read this article This practice in Malaysia should be encouraged all over the world indeed For more details and listings about property for sale in Malaysia do a Google search RECYCLING AND WASTE REDUCTION EMISSIONS Recycling cans plastic paper and glass reduces greenhouse gas emissions since a lot of energy is used to create new materials and containers Some types of recycling have a bigger impact on the environment than others though all recycling is advantageous I pledge to join the growing number of residents throughout New England who are making simple lifestyle changes in order to reduce the

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  • New England Real Estate Carbon Challenge – Terms & Conditions
    suited to your household It only takes about 15 minutes and you ll get a customized report on the savings your family can achieve Categories Carbon Challenge Events Misc The Community Tips Tools Uncategorized Workshops Contact Us Be part of the Carbon Challenge Outreach Program CCOP Get in touch with our CCOP Coordinator Michelle Atkinson by emailing her directly at ccop2012 gmail com Alternatively you can also call our PR

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  • New England Real Estate Carbon Challenge – Privacy Policy
    best suited to your household It only takes about 15 minutes and you ll get a customized report on the savings your family can achieve Categories Carbon Challenge Events Misc The Community Tips Tools Uncategorized Workshops Contact Us Be part of the Carbon Challenge Outreach Program CCOP Get in touch with our CCOP Coordinator Michelle Atkinson by emailing her directly at ccop2012 gmail com Alternatively you can also call our

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  • New England Real Estate Carbon Challenge – About Us
    organizations Important Pages About Us Privacy Policy Terms Conditions About Us The Carbon Challenge Helping New England Households and Communities Reduce Their Energy Consumption T he NE Carbon Challenge works to educate inspire and support sustained reductions in residential energy consumption Roughly half of all climate warming greenhouse gas emissions come from households through their energy consumption for motor vehicles home heating and electricity usage Fortunately there are many simple actions we can take in our homes to reduce our energy consumption and these actions will also save us money The Carbon Challenge offers lots of ideas to reduce your home s energy consumption and our tools will walk you through the process of identifying which actions are best suited to your household It only takes about 15 minutes and you ll get a customized report on the savings your family can achieve Homes or condos a good example is found here are best built green materials and eco friendly system allowing you to save up on bills HOUSEHOLDS THAT HAVE TAKEN THE CARBON CHALLENGE ARE SAVING APPROXIMATELY 735 A YEAR IN FUEL AND ELECTRICITY COSTS We Can Help Your Community Too For many New England towns homes are the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions Engaging households in reducing their energy consumption can build support among voters for municipal projects like a school energy audit As residents reap the benefits of energy and dollar savings from improved efficiency in their homes they will likely look for opportunities to make similar reductions at the municipal level Do you want your school business faith based organization civic group or town to be recognized as a leader in reducing energy consumption Take the Challenge together as a community and be on the map as taking action on climate change We provide

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  • New England Real Estate Carbon Challenge – Carbon Challenge
    CCOP Coordinator Michelle Atkinson by emailing her directly at ccop2012 gmail com Alternatively you can also call our PR supervisor Laura 765 772 3781 during regular office hours Thank you and speak to you soon Michelle We Support NECC supports the following organizations Important Pages About Us Privacy Policy Terms Conditions Archive for category Carbon Challenge Take Up The Carbon Challenge Take Up The Carbon Challenge W e are pleased to introduce our new Community Outreach Coordinator Garry Lee Garry will serve as the primary point of contact for Carbon Challenge communities and organizations in New Hampshire seeking to reduce their residential energy consumption as well as their carbon footprint Garry brings a deep and varied background in environmental journalism program development marketing and community outreach to the Carbon Challenge and we are excited to have him on board Welcome Garry WOULD YOU LIKE TO REDUCE YOUR HOUSEHOLD S ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND SAVE MONEY IN THE PROCESS WE CAN HELP We offer lots of ideas to reduce your energy consumption and challenge yourself to reduce your environmental impact And now through a generous grant from the NH Public Utilities Commission we are moving forward and constructing a sophisticated suite of

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  • New England Real Estate Carbon Challenge – Events
    can also call our PR supervisor Laura 765 772 3781 during regular office hours Thank you and speak to you soon Michelle We Support NECC supports the following organizations Important Pages About Us Privacy Policy Terms Conditions Archive for category Events Events Events We are now in the process of organizing some events to promote a couple of projects in promoting green thinking in accordance with our Carbon Challenge projects What is happening is that we have just recruited our program coordinator for Malaysia Mr John Sykes email him js necarbonchallenge org or call him 603 56002991 and he will be based out of Kuala Lumpur for the next six months to get first hand feedback from the public when it comes to promoting green initiatives In this part of the world green development is still not in vogue and there is a pressing need to promote this to the general public Sustainability is almost never a concern when it comes to real estate development and much work is needed to be done in order to increase the visibility of this initiatives in the eyes of the general public It is amazing to note that the Malaysian government has been actively promoting green initiatives and the local property market has responded well to this We have also been promoting the use of our calculators and also issuing a call to action to the local property investors community to take up the carbon challenge something that we have successfully implemented here in NE for the past seven months or so Our maiden project in Malaysia is the KLCC or better known as the Kuala Lumpur City Centre area where the prime pieces of real estate is located The Petronas Twin Towers an icon of green development is at the center of

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  • New England Real Estate Carbon Challenge – Misc
    Challenge Outreach Program CCOP Get in touch with our CCOP Coordinator Michelle Atkinson by emailing her directly at ccop2012 gmail com Alternatively you can also call our PR supervisor Laura 765 772 3781 during regular office hours Thank you and speak to you soon Michelle We Support NECC supports the following organizations Important Pages About Us Privacy Policy Terms Conditions Archive for category Misc REDUCE Energy Consumption NOW A CLARION CALL FOR ACTION REDUCE Energy Consumption NOW A CLARION CALL FOR ACTION Let us know the reasons why we need to reduce the use of energy now article from epa gov When we conserve energy resources our nation can enjoy cleaner air and a healthier environment and we can help protect the climate by reducing green house gases In 2008 Americans saved more than 19 billion and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 29 million cars through choices they made with energy saving measures and energy efficient homes Homeowners can save energy while improving their home s comfort level by adopting energy efficient building practices Substantial savings are possible whether building a new home renovating an existing one or simply updating some features to improve your home s

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  • New England Real Estate Carbon Challenge – The Community
    to you soon Michelle We Support NECC supports the following organizations Important Pages About Us Privacy Policy Terms Conditions Archive for category The Community Communities Communities R eaching 234 towns and cities in New Hampshire and into New England is only possible through the partnerships we ve developed with communities schools towns local energy committees faith based organizations civic groups and regional entities As partners we each have a vital part to play We develop the tools and resources to help households and communities reduce their residential energy consumption and the communities implement the Carbon Challenge It s a partnership that works The table below lists several of the creative approaches communities are using to implement the Carbon Challenge strategies that have been successful in encouraging residents to reduce their energy consumption Are you using a different approach and don t see it listed Tell us about it we d love to share your ideas with others If you re eager to have your organization take action on climate change and reduce its environmental impact we can help We have tools and resources to estimate your current emissions map out a plan to reduce these emissions and chart your progress

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