Field Guide to Resource Efficient Homes
(Updated May 2017)
The green movement is here to stay, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the housing market. Find out the latest trends, statistics, reports and resources on green homes. (M. Glick, Senior Information Specialist)
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Green Remodeling Options
- Low-flow shower head and faucets
- Low-flush or dual-flush toilets
- Compact fluorescent or Halogen bulbs
- Tankless or solar water heater
- Energy-Star appliances
- Low-VOC paints and wood finishes
- Lighting controls
- Reflective or light-colored roofing
- Bio-based insulation
- Double-paned or Low-E windows
- Solar or Photovoltaic panels
Green Remodeling, (Adobe eReader).
Greening of the Housing Market
What makes a home green, (New York State Association of REALTORS® Jan, 2017).
Off the Grid: A Groundbreaking Community That Produces as Much Energy as It Uses, (realtor.com® May, 2017).
About Green Homes, (U.S. Green Building Council, July 1, 2016).
Benefits of Green Building, (U.S. Green Building Council, Apr. 1, 2016).
New Study Examines Increasing Demand for Eco-Friendly Homes in D.C. Market, (RIS Media, Apr. 25, 2015).
Green Streets: How Sustainability is Transforming the Housing Market, (The Home Story, Sept. 15, 2014).
Selling Green, (On Common Ground, National Association of REALTORS®, Summer 2014).
Here’s how to get real estate markets to properly value green homes, (The Washington Post, May 28, 2015).
Why Isn’t America Doing More to Reinvigorate Housing by Supporting Energy & Location Efficient New Homes?, (The Energy Collective, June 19, 2014).
Green Affordable Housing Development Opens In the Bronx, (Observer, Feb. 21, 2013).
'Green' Homes Sell for 9 Percent More, Study Says, (ABC, July 23, 2013).
Why Buy Greener Products?, (EPA, Jan, 2017).
10 Tips for Green Living, (HGTV, Jan, 2017).
5 Ideas for Healthy and Green Living, (Freshhome, Apr. 23, 2016).
Learn About Greener Living, (Environmental Protection Agency, Apr. 8, 2016).
Best Countries for Green Living, (U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 20, 2016).
Green Living: Top 10 Sustainable Houses, (Gizmag, Sept. 24, 2014).
Living Green or Looking Green, (Huffington Post, June 13, 2014).
9 Green Living Options That Improve Your Quality of Life, (Treehugger, Apr. 22, 2014).
Green Living: Tips That Make it Easy to Go Green, (The Nature Conservancy, Jan. 16, 2014).
5 Simple, Affordable Ways to Green Your Home, (U.S. News, Apr. 18, 2012).
Carbon Footprint Calculators, (Greener Choices).—Test your impact on the environment
Why Green Homes are Worth More in the Real Estate Market, (Earthwise Home Services, Feb, 2017).
Study: Fracking Has No Impact On Property Values, Despite Green Claims, (The Daily Caller, Apr. 10, 2016).
Will Green Improvements Boost Your Home’s Value?, (Boston Globe, July 24, 2015).
Ultra-Energy Efficient Homes: Are They Worth the Upfront Cost?, (Triple Pundit, June. 20, 2014).
Resources, Studies, Websites
The Value of Green Labels in the California Housing Market, (UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, July 23, 2012).
Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency, (Energy Star).
NAR's Green Designation, (Green Resource Council).
Electronics Reuse and Recycle Center, (Consumer Reports).—Green options for retiring old electronics
EPA Green Building Homepage, (Environmental Protection Agency).
The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:
An Introduction to Green Homes, (Kindle, Adobe eReader)
The Art of Living in Your Green Zone, (PDF eBook)
Be a Successful Green Builder, (Kindle, OverDrive Reader, Adobe eReader)
Building Today's Green Home, (Kindle, Adobe eReader)
Choosing Green, (Kindle, Adobe eReader)
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Building & Remodeling, (Kindle,Adobe eReader)
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Living, (Kindle, Adobe EPUB eBook, Adobe PDF eBook)
Getting Green Done, (Kindle, Adobe EPUB eBook, Adobe PDF eBook)
Go Green, Live Rich, (Kindle, Adobe EPUB eBook, Adobe PDF eBook)
The Green Book, (Kindle, Adobe EPUB eBook, Adobe PDF eBook)
Green Building A to Z, (Kindle, OverDrive Reader, Adobe eReader)
The Green Building Bottom Line, (Kindle, OverDrive Reader, Adobe eReader)
Green Building Products, (Kindle, Adobe eReader)
Green Building Through Integrated Design, (Adobe eReader)
Green Business Practices for Dummies, (PDF eBook)
Green Cities, (PDF eBook)
Green Guide, (Kindle, Adobe EPUB eBook, Adobe eReader)
Greening Your Home, (Adobe eReader)
Green Remodeling, (Kindle ,Adobe eReader)
Green Restorations, (Adobe eReader)
Green Up!, (Adobe eReader)
Green Zone Living: 7 Steps to a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful Lifestyle, (Kindle, Adobe eReader)
New Green Home Solutions, (Kindle, OverDrive Reader, Adobe eReader)
Prefabulous World, (Kindle, PDF eBook)
Sustainable Design, (Kindle, Adobe eReader)
Sustainable Living, (Kindle, PDF eBook)
Sustainable Residential Development, (Adobe eReader)
Your Eco-Friendly Home, (Adobe eReader)
Your Green Home, (PDF eBook)
Books, Videos, Research Reports & More
The resources below are available for loan through Information Services. 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 Services at 800-874-6500 for assistance.
The Sustainable Home: The Essential Guide to Eco Building, Renovation and Decoration, (London: Merrell Publishers Limited, 2008). TD 171.7 St8
Green Buildings Pay, (Washington, D.C.: Spon Press, 2003). NA 2542 G72
Green Building Guidelines, (Washington, D.C.: Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, 2003). HD 255 Su8
Green Your Home: Healthy, Money-smart, and Sustainable Living Begins at Home, (Keller Ink, 2011). TD 171.7 K28
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