'Green' homes come in many shades

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I’m always fascinated by how new words — or new, off-label definitions for old words — permeate the popular lexicon. If you called an object "green" five years ago, the average listener would have thought you were referring to its hue. These days, the label of "green" implies something comprised of sustainable or recycled materials, something energy efficient or an object that otherwise empowers its user to live in a manner that is environmentally friendly and promotes well living.

When it comes to what homebuyers want and what home sellers tout in this day and age, a green house is less likely to be a house with green exterior paint or a glassy outbuilding for cultivating plants than it is an eco-sensitive abode.