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(Updated June 2016)

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 as well as information on green mortgages in this updated Field Guide. (D. McCormick, Budget & Operations Manager)

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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

Sustainable Green Building, (U.S. Green Building Council, Apr. 1, 2016).

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

Benefits of Green Homebuilding, (U.S. Green Building Council, Mar. 15, 2015).

Green Building Facts, (U.S. Green Building Council, Feb. 23, 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.com, Feb. 21, 2013).

'Green' homes sell for 9 percent more, study says, (ABC, July 23, 2013).

New addendum could help appraisers give credit for green features, (Los Angeles Times, Oct. 9, 2011)

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

Green Mortgages

Mortgages for Log Homes, Tiny Homes, Green Homes and other Unique Properties, (The Mortgage Reports, Jan. 12, 2016).

Can we make mortgages go green?, (Energy Savings Trust, Nov. 2, 2015).

Beyond the Future 2.2 – A New Perspective on Green Mortgages, Payments & Incentivized Financing, (Green Mortgage Money, Sept. 9, 2015).

Into the Future – Green Mortgage Finance: What’s up with Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM’s) Part 2.1, (Green Mortgage Money, Aug. 13, 2015).

Should You Invest in a Green Home?, (Investopedia, May 6, 2015).

Green Mortgages: You Can Buy an Energy-Efficient Home, (Realtor.com, Sept. 9, 2014).

Should You Get an Energy-Efficient Mortgage?, (Credit.com Blog, June 21, 2014).

Green Mortgages – Part 2 – The Benefits!, (Terra Firma Global Partners, June 16, 2014).

Green Mortgages – Part 1, (Terra Firma Global Partners, June 6, 2014).

Green Mortgages Taking Root with Customers, (Housing Industry Forum, Apr. 8, 2014).

Right and Wrong Info About Energy Efficient Mortgages, (Green Energy Money, Mar. 21, 2014).

How an Energy-Efficient Mortgage Can Save You Money, (U.S. News & World Report, Feb. 7, 2014).

Mortgages could go ‘green’ with energy-rewards lending, (The Seattle Times, Nov. 23, 2013).

Go Green, Save Green: Energy Efficient Mortgages, (Veterans United Network, July 16, 2013).

Fannie Mae Multifamily Green Initiative, (Fannie Mae, 2nd Qtr. 2012).

HUD's energy efficient mortgages program, (U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Aug. 25, 2009).

Energy efficient mortgages, (EnergyStar.gov).

Green Living

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.com, Apr. 22, 2014).

Green Living: Tips that make it easy to go green, (The Nature Conservancy, Jan. 16, 2014).

Beautiful, Innovative, and Sustainable: The Future of Green Architecture, (Good.is).

5 Simple, Affordable Ways to Green Your Home, (U.S. News, Apr. 18, 2012).

Sheep lawn mowers, (New York Times, Nov. 2, 2011)

Why People Opt Against Going Green, (Fox Business, Nov. 4, 2011)

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

Resources, Studies, Websites

Green Building Advisor

Green Home

National Association of Home Builders - Green

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, (EnergyStar.gov).

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).

eBooks & Other Resources


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

365 Ways to Live Green, (Kindle, Adobe EPUB eBook, Adobe PDF eBook)

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 an Emerald City, (Kindle, Overdrive, PDF eBook)

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)

Land Use Law for Sustainable Development (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

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 Greening Your Neighborhood

Field Guide to the Small House Movement

Field Guide to Solar & Renewable Energy Features & Tax Credits

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