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What the CEO says: Why homes built for healthier living have suddenly taken on more significance

Each Friday, Robbie Briggs, president and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, writes about luxury, trends, business and more in the advertising pages of the Mansion section of The Wall Street Journal. Below is his letter of April 24, 2020.  FROM MY PERSPECTIVE How going green just got real. A home built with healthier living in mind has suddenly taken on more significance, hasn’t it? Green, healthy homes don’t just save water, lower greenhouse gas emissions and cut down on energy use, they can make us feel better and live better. Being in big-thinking North Texas, we always have homes represented by our brokerage that have green features and concepts. Some of the most impressive are the new Hall Arts Residences, opening this summer. The sleek, chic high-rise in the Dallas Arts District is the first residential project in Texas to register for multifamily certification from the International WELL Building Institute™, which offers a framework for creating healthy environments via air, water, light and more. The Hall Arts Residences brim with healthy features, including dedicated outdoor air systems to separate the supply of outdoor air from the heating and cooling systems; multilevel air filtration systems designed to capture fine and coarse particles, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and pollen; and a water filtration system to prevent heavy metals and other harmful additives from entering the water supply. We offer healthy homes at all price points and architectural styles. Our very contemporary 5006 Shadywood Lane at $6,400,000 features insulating walls six inches thick, insulated and coated glass, a berm around the house to manage rainfall and a geothermal heating and cooling system that involves 22 wells, underfloor ductwork and no compressors or refrigerants. Our 1654 Kings Highway at $455,000 may be in the vintage Craftsman style, but it features cutting-edge, clean-energy solar panels — on a 20-year lease prepaid by the builders, so that there is no ongoing cost of panel ownership to the buyers. Our modernist 1066 Gallivant Lane at $490,000 also has solar panels prepaid for 20 years and, also like 1654 Kings Highway, spray-foam insulation and a tankless hot-water heater, which eliminates the extra energy cost of keeping 40 to 50 gallons of water hot in a storage tank. There is no question: Going forward, through and after this COVID-19 pandemic, greener homes are not only going to be more important for our own health, but also for our planet’s. Robbie Briggs President and CEO Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty rbriggs@briggsfreeman.com  

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