We cannot avoid impacting the environment when we build a house, but green building can work toward minimizing that environmental impact. During the process of building a green home, a builder takes numerous considerations into account simultaneously and consciously incorporates environmental issues into all decisions.
Since the introduction of the concept in the United States, the number of unique utility green pricing programs has expanded exponentially. The design and implementation has also changed, as has the consumer response to these changes.
Developing and preserving affordable housing is critical to creating sustainable communities, but local governments face many obstacles. Utilizing funding for green affordable housing practices can provide both long and short-term benefits for local governments, however costs continue to rise.
This guide provides consumers with home energy and money savings tips such as insulation, weatherization, heating, cooling, water heating, energy-efficient windows, landscaping, lighting and energy-efficient appliances.
Small Wind Electric Systems An Iowa Consumer's Guide provides consumers with enough information to help them determine if a small wind electric system can provide all or a portion of the energy they need for their home based on their wind resource, energy needs and economics.
As energy-efficient technologies and materials become more mainstream, the cost of building a green home or owning one is declining. This Research Center will help you determine if going green is a good investment for you.