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Financing incentives and green homes sites are helping tip the scales toward sustainability.

You’re committed to maximizing energy efficiency and minimizing your environmental footprint. You know green buildings reduce energy and water use and operating costs, and can improve occupant health and productivity. But one question lingers as you begin your construction project or home search: Where to start?

Green Money Search

A startup based out of two innovation communities in Houston and San Antonio, Texas, Green Money Search has one core mission: reduce the cost of going green.

Using their comprehensive database of incentives for sustainably focused new construction and retrofits, GMS simplifies the search for incentives into four easy steps: identifying "green money," determining eligibility, applying for funds and connecting you to the right professionals for your project.

Their database and application portals are seamlessly integrated to provide you access to funding opportunities, making going green an opportunity to save you green.

Viva Green Homes

Based in Arlington, Virginia, Viva Green Homes is an online platform for sustainable home listings. The site gives visitors verified information such as energy-efficient features and third-party certifications, like LEED. The site also gives real estate agents the ability to market their premium listings, getting a better return on their clients' investment.

Industry solutions

The financing industry is recognizing the benefits of LEED and the positive impact green construction has on multifamily properties, too. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration offer discounted financing solutions for LEED-certified buildings, including interest rate reductions, increased loan proceeds and rebates and reduced mortgage insurance premiums.

Grounded in the advantageous financial performance of LEED projects, these key financing incentives are tipping the scales toward sustainability.

See our policy brief on LEED financing incentives

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