Green Community Resources

Incremental Cost, Measurable SavingsBy Dana Bourland
  • This is the first-of-its-kind study showing the cost effectiveness of meeting the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria.
  • As a result of this study, we found that meeting the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, on average costs $4.52 per square foot, about a 2% investment in upfront development costs — while providing significant long-term operating cost savings.
  • Energy and water conservation measures not only pay for themselves ($1, 900) but also produce another $2, 900 in projected lifetime savings per dwelling unit.

by Tim K. Takaro
  • Asthma remains the most common chronic condition of childhood, affecting 9.1% of all US children.
  • Low-income and racial/ethnic minority children have high levels of exposure and sensitization
    to indoor asthma triggers
  • Exposures to mold, rodents, and moisture were reduced significantly in Breathe Easy Homes.
  • Children and adolescents with asthma who moved into an asthma-friendly home experienced large decreases in asthma triggers

by the National Center for Healthy Housing

Released in 2010, this National Center for Healthy Housing study is one of the nation’s first demonstrations of how rehabilitating low-income housing using green and healthy principles positively affects the health of residents.

This study examines the High Point development in Seattle as a model of sustainable community development.

This report highlights the effective implementation of integrative design within the affordable housing sector.

Creating Green and Heathy Affordable Homes Yianice Hernandez, Julieann Summerford

This resource increases awareness about adopting, establishing, and offering utility allowance options supportive of energy-efficiency investments in new construction and rehabilitation


by Noreen Beatley

This paper provides background on the relationship between housing and health and, using case studies developed by the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH), illustrates how building affordable green housing provides health benefits to its low-income residents.


  • Enterprise, in partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, NeighborWorks America, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future, Housing Partnership Network, Energy Scorecards and WegoWise formed the Residential Energy and Water Data Collaborative (REWDC).
  • This effort aimed to establish a national data collection standard, described in detail within this white paper, to define minimum data collection for the affordable housing industry as a means of advancing performance tracking in support of green building and retrofit practices.
The Success of Charrettes Utility Allowance Options for Investments in Energy Efficiency: Resource Guide Greener Housing Equals Improved Health: A Winning Combination

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