A new 1,600-square-foot split-level on Voluntown Road, it is the Builders Association of Eastern Connecticut’s answer to a market in which new construction faces stiff competition from the surplus of houses for resale. The prototype is meant to showcase assets rarely found in older homes: ultra-greenness and affordability.
The problem, said Paul Stone of Lombardi Realty in Oakdale, the listing agent, is that many buyers don’t yet appreciate green technology. “The hardest thing is trying to educate people about what it is,” Mr. Stone explained. Despite years of green hype, “people really don’t understand the energy thing — it’s a foreign language.”
As reported in the New York Times