Green Resources

Field Guide to Green Homes & Green Mortgages

Even a sluggish housing market has not diminished interest in the green home movement. Previously available to mostly affluent home buyers, green homes have been embraced by all segments of the homebuying public, including affordable housing. Find out the latest trends, statistics, reports and resources as well as information on green mortgages in this updated Field Guide. (D. Foligno, Project Coordinator)

Green Home Features

Smaller Size
Environmentally-Sound Materials
Energy-efficient Windows & Doors
Water-Conserving features
Renewable Energy Resources (solar, photovoltaics, etc.)
Drought-resistant landscaping
Natural, chemical-free, efficient Insulation
Clean Indoor Air elements

Source: U.S. Green Building Council,

Greening of the Housing Market   

Green homes red-hot: 17% of new builds get Energy Star seal, (New York Times, Nov. 27, 2009).

Selling serenity and sustainability, (New York Times, Nov. 27, 2009).

Green Up Your Roof(, Sept. 30, 2009).

Demand grows for 'green' homes using renewable energy(Muskegon Chronicle, Sept. 18, 2009).

Prefab homes sprout green designs, improve affordability(USA Today, June 2, 2009).

Demand Drives Home Green Technology, (Washington Post, Nov. 22, 2008).

Ideas on enviro-conscious apartment living , (World, Oct. 5, 2007).

Eco-savvy selling(REALTOR® Magazine Online, Sept. 1, 2007).

Green Mortgages

Green in Affordable Housing

One agency's search for green(er) pastures-a new model of operations for public housing(Journal of Housing and Community Development, Sept./Oct. 2009).

9 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient(Green Home Guide, Sept. 3, 2009).

Recycled homes, one box at a time, (, June 12, 2009).

Minnesota green affordable housing guide(University of Minnesota).

Carbon Footprint Calculators, (Greener Choices). - Test your impact on the environment

How green is your family's home, (

Resources, Studies, Websites

NAR's Green Designation, (Green Resource Council).

Understanding The Business of Green(CRS, Fall 2008).

NAR Information Central Green PowerPoint presentation(, July, 2008).

Bringing Home the Benefits of Energy Efficiency to Low-Income Households(Enterprise, Green Communities, 2008).

Sustainable, Affordable, Doable: Demystifying the Process of Green Affordable Housing(Enterprise, Green Communities, 2008).

NAR Information Central Green PowerPoint presentation(, July, 2008).

LEED® Pilot Rating System, (U.S. Green Building Council, Jan. 2007). Includes LEEDS® certification checklists

Energy Star, (Environmental Protection Agency, 2007).

Global warming survival guide, (, 2007).- 51 things we can do

Federal Tax Credits For Energy Efficiency, (

What are energy star qualified homes? (Energy

16 Ways to Green Your Home, (U.S. Green Building Council). - Brochure

Global warming survival guide, (, 2007).- 51 things we can do

Electronics Reuse and Recycle Center, (Consumer Reports). - Green options for retiring old electronics

LEED rating system for homes(U.S. Green Building Countil, Apr. 2005).

EPA green building homepage(

HUD Energy-Efficient Mortgages Program(

Green Home Makeover, (National Geographic Green Guide). - 'Greening' options for every room

eBooks & Other Resources

The following ebooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Green cities (Mobipocket)

Green Zone Living: 7 Steps to a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful Lifestyle (Adobe eBook)

Choosing Green (Adobe eBook)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Building & Remodeling (Adobe eBook)

Greening your home (Adobe eBook)

Land Use Law for Sustainable Development (Adobe eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Central.  Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10.  Call Information Central at 800.874.6500 for assistance.

Green buildings pay(Spon Press, Washington, DC: Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, 2003). NA 2542 G72

Green building guidelines(Washington, DC: Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, 2003). HD 255 Su8

Field Guides & More

These Field Guides and other resources in the Virtual Library may also be of interest:

Field Guide to Commercial Green Buildings

Field Guide to the Small House Movement

Technology Report: Solar Nanotechnology

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