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Does the housing market value energy efficient homes? Evidence from the energy star program

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  • Bruegge, Chris
  • Carrión-Flores, Carmen
  • Pope, Jaren C.

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The “Energy Star” certification of residential homes is a recent attempt in the United States to improve energy efficiency in the residential sector by incentivizing home builders to “build green.” We examine the effectiveness of this program by estimating homeowners' marginal willingness to pay for Energy Star residences in Gainesville, Florida. We use single-family residential property sales in Gainesville, Florida between 1997 and 2009. Using the hedonic method, we find that homeowners are willing to pay a premium for new Energy Star homes, but that this premium fades rapidly in the resale market.

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  • Bruegge, Chris & Carrión-Flores, Carmen & Pope, Jaren C., 2016. "Does the housing market value energy efficient homes? Evidence from the energy star program," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 57(C), pages 63-76.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:regeco:v:57:y:2016:i:c:p:63-76 DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2015.12.001
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    1. Copiello, Sergio, 2017. "Building energy efficiency: A research branch made of paradoxes," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 69(C), pages 1064-1076.
    2. Li, Huan & Carrión-Flores, Carmen E., 2017. "An analysis of the ENERGY STAR® program in Alachua County, Florida," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 131(C), pages 98-108.

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