31 Jul '12, 10pm

What works and what doesn’t work for ‘Greening Affordable Housing’ – take a look at this article!

Sustainable design and affordable housing are a natural fit for each other, and I believe that greening the nation’s housing stock is at least partially within reach. Affordable housing developers tend to be in business for altruistic reasons, so their values are already primed for “doing good.” And since they tend to own their properties over the long term—often for 50 years or more—they have good reason to pursue energy and water efficiency and to keep operating costs down. Affordable housing developers can be reluctant to incorporate new, untested technologies for fear they will not be as durable as conventional options, but there are plenty of tried-and-true technologies that will go a long way toward greening the nation’s housing. What Works Many affordable housing projects are already very sustainable, with smaller units, higher densities, fewer parking spaces (as lo...

Full article: http://www.eco-structure.com/multifamily/greening-afforda...

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