MRIS Releases List of Green Home Trends Popular with Homebuyers This Spring


ROCKVILLE, MD (April 22, 2014)MRIS, the industry-leading Mid-Atlantic Multiple Listing Service (MLS) that facilitates nearly $125 million a day in real estate transactions, has released the top five green home trends in the MRIS footprint. MRIS received responses from over 1,300 real estate professionals and combed through its residential listings to identify the most popular green home features.

“While energy usage is still one of the top features buyers are asking about, our customers are also noticing new eco-friendly trends in homes for sale this spring,” said Andrew Strauch, Vice President of Product Innovation and Marketing. “With higher energy costs and an overall concern for the environment, more homebuyers increasingly factor in environmental efficiency when searching for a new home.”

Homebuyers in the MRIS footprint are asking their real estate agents about these green home features most frequently:

Geothermal Heating

Geothermal systems use 25 to 50 percent less energy than conventional heating and cooling systems and reduces corresponding emissions. According to the National Association of REALTORS© 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, heating and cooling costs were at least somewhat important to 85 percent of homebuyers. Additionally, homebuyers in the Northeast placed a greater emphasis on heating and cooling costs than the national average.


Bamboo Floors & Cabinets

A few years ago bamboo was considered a niche building material in the Mid-Atlantic but its popularity has grown from being used just for floors to being incorporated into cabinets and paneling as well. Unlike hardwood, bamboo can grow to maturity in just four to six years, making it more ecologically friendly.



LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) homes have gained a huge following from both builders and homeowners who are involved in the design decisions of their property. LEED certification helps homeowners and builders demonstrate that their home meets some of the highest standards for energy efficiency. LEED-certified homes use about 30 to 60 percent less energy than comparable homes built to today’s energy codes.


Reclaimed Materials

Green living does not necessarily mean modern. Using reclaimed materials saves new raw resources from being manufactured while also keeping older materials out of landfills. Active listings in MRIS include reclaimed materials such as floors, staircases, doorframes and beams.


Walk-able Communities

Beyond houses themselves, a very popular trend within the MRIS region is green communities. Urban planners have designed major developments like Chancellor’s Row and Monroe Street Market with a walk-able layout within easy access of public transportation, ZipCars, Bikeshare stations and shopping centers.  

To search for green and residential homes currently for sale, please visit  Homebuyers can use the keyword field on MRIShomes to search for specific green features.