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.


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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 (eBook)

What Is a Passive House, And Are They Worth It for Buyers? A Guide (HomeLight, Dec. 29, 2020)

Major Green Construction Trends That Are Emerging in 2021 (Green Building Insider, Nov. 17, 2020)

5 Design Ideas for an Eco-Friendly Kitchen (Grand Designs Magazine, Jun. 23, 2020)

Greening of the Housing Market

Green Buildings in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts (Statistica, Dec. 11, 2020)

Property Price Effects of Green Interventions in Cities: A Meta-Analysis and Implications for Gentrification (Environmental Science & Policy, Oct. 2020)

Eco-Friendly Houses Are Expensive, and 4 Other Green Home Myths You Should Stop Believing (realtor.com®, Jul. 29, 2020)

Eight Facts Agents Should Know About the Green Housing Market (CleanSlate, Jun. 11, 2020)

The Capitalization of Energy Efficiency: Evidence from the Housing Market (Journal of Urban Economics, May 2020)

About Green Homes (U.S. Green Building Council, 2020)

Benefits of Green Building (U.S. Green Building Council, 2020)

Net-Zero Energy Homes Have Arrived — and Are Shaking Up the US Housing Market (CNBC, Feb. 14, 2019)

Green Living

Sustainable Living Guide (Johns Hopkins University, Jan. 2021)

Living Green (University of Florida, 2021)

Greener Living (Environmental Protection Agency, Oct. 28, 2020)

Best Countries for Green Living (U.S. News, 2020)

Carbon Footprint Calculators (Greener Choices) —Test your impact on the environment

Impact Values

How are energy efficient improvements considered in the appraisal report? (Fannie Mae, Apr. 7, 2021)

Estimation of Change in House Sales Prices in The United States After Heat Pump Adoption (Nature Energy, Oct. 19, 2020)

Do Green Improvements Increase Resale Value? (My Home by Freddie Mac, Aug. 25, 2020)

Buying an Energy-Efficient Home: A Financially Bright Idea (Nerdwallet, May 1, 2019)

Making the Value Visible: A Blueprint for Transforming the High-Performing Homes Market by Showcasing Clean and Efficient Energy Improvements (Building Performance Association, 2019)

Resources, Studies, Websites

Green Building Advisor

Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency (Energy Star)

NAR’s Green Designation (Green Resource Council)

EPA Green Building Homepage (Environmental Protection Agency)

eBooks & Other Resources


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

An Introduction to Green Homes (Kindle, eBook)

The Art of Living in Your Green Zone (eBook)

Be a Successful Green Builder (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

Building Today's Green Home (Kindle, eBook)

Choosing Green (Kindle, eBook)

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

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Living (Kindle, eBook)

Getting Green Done (Kindle, eBook)

Go Green, Live Rich (Kindle, eBook)

The Green Book (Kindle, eBook)

Green Building A to Z (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

The Green Building Bottom Line (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

Green Building Products (Kindle, eBook)

Green Building Through Integrated Design (eBook)

Green Business Practices for Dummies (eBook)

Green Cities (eBook)

Green Guide (Kindle, eBook)

Greening Your Home (eBook)

Green Remodeling (Kindle, eBook)

Green Restorations (eBook)

Green Up! (eBook)

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

New Green Home Solutions (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

Prefabulous World (Kindle, eBook)

Sustainable Design (Kindle, eBook)

Sustainable Living (Kindle, eBook)

Sustainable Residential Development (eBook)

Your Eco-Friendly Home (eBook)

Your Green Home (eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. 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 Member Support 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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