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Blueprint for Green Affordable Housing
is a guide for housing developers, advocates, public agency staff, and the financial community that offers specific guidance on incorporating green building strategies into the design, construction, and operation of affordable housing developments. A completely revised and expanded second edition of the groundbreaking 1999 publication, this new book focuses on topics of specific relevance to affordable housing including:
- How green building adds value to affordable housing
- The integrated design process
- Best practices in green design for affordable housing
- Green operations and maintenance
- Innovative funding and finance
- Emerging programs, partnerships, and policies
Edited by national green affordable housing expert Walker Wells and featuring a foreword by Matt Petersen, president and chief executive officer of Global Green USA, the book presents 12 case studies of model developments and projects, including rental, home ownership, special needs, senior, self-help, and co-housing from around the United States. Each case study describes the unique green features of the development, discusses how they were successfully incorporated, considers the project's financing and savings associated with the green measures, and outlines lessons learned.
Blueprint for Green Affordable Housing is the first book of its kind to present information regarding green building that is specifically tailored to the affordable housing development community.
"This book from Global Green USA serves as a guide for housing developers, advocates, public agency staff, and the financial community that offers specific guidance on incorporating green building strategies into the design, construction, and operation of affordable housing developments."
"This is a book to help affordable housing providers, designers, contractors, and advocates create healthy, livable, resource-efficient places for people. In today's world, each of us must be a citizen of our planet, taking the green path to minimize climate change and help protect our global systems. Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing is an excellent guide for that journey."
"Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing provides critical insight into the necessity of integrating our concern for the environment and the goals of community development. More importantly, the book shows how to put this philosophy into practice."
"Green building is transforming how we design and build. Global Green USA aims to make green design affordable and accessible for everyone. True to its message, the Blueprint is full of practical and inspiring good sense about how to improve the lot of those who need it most by joining green design with fundamental human needs."
"An intensely practical book...Can also serve as a quick crib sheet for green building in general. It includes easily accessible checklists."