Nick Brousse

Check out USGBC's first quarterly roundup of the top research on residential green building.

USGBC is launching a new series of articles highlighting the latest news on green homes and residential buildings. We’ll be covering a range of topics, including the business case for green construction, policy research and finance developments in green low-income, affordable and market-rate housing.

In our first article, we’re sharing recent reports bolstering the case for green residential construction, such as LEED Homes, energy efficiency retrofits and research on the health co-benefits of residential energy efficiency and nascent attempts to monetize them. We’re also highlighting multifamily utility efficiency programs, QAP analyses and benchmarking.

Top 10 Neighborhoods for Green Homes | Redfin

According to a recent study by Redfin, homes with green features sold for 7.2 percent more than other homes in 2015. Researchers analyzed listings of all homes sold in 83 major metro areas, identifying homes with one or more green features, like Energy Star and LEED, and comparing the median sale price to all homes sold. The report also ranked the nation’s top 10 neighborhoods with the highest percentage of green home features identified in real estate listings.

Occupant Health Benefits of Residential Energy Efficiency | E4TheFuture

E4TheFuture takes a deep dive into how energy efficiency upgrades can improve indoor environmental conditions and create healthier living conditions, asking to what extent programs and practices improve the health of occupants by reducing health risks linked to housing conditions. Have we appropriately valued occupant health co-benefits in cost-effectiveness screening practices, and how might programs better identify occupants with health risks and create greater health benefits? 

More Savings for More Residents: Progress in Multifamily Housing Energy Efficiency | American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

This report updates a 2013 assessment of multifamily energy efficiency programs in U.S. metro areas with the most multifamily households. ACEEE documents how these programs have changed, in the context of dynamic housing markets and statewide policy environments. The report analyzes several factors in current programs and their potential for expansion to better serve this growing, yet still underserved, market.

2016 QAP Analysis: Green Building Criteria in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Programs | Global Green

Global Green’s most recent review of green building practices represented in states' Qualified Allocation Plans (QAPs) and subsequent performance rankings examines each state's QAP—which establishes how it plans to spend funds, including project criteria such as green certification and energy efficiency—and identifies leading trends in greening affordable housing. The newest state scores show a move in the right direction, as nearly three-quarters of all state agencies incorporated smart growth principles and energy efficiency standards into their QAPs.

Catalyzing Efficiency: Unlocking Energy Information and Value in Apartment Buildings | Institute for Market Transformation

IMT examines why the market underuses performance data. Then, it offers recommendations that governments and efficiency program implementers can use to turn this growing wealth of information into action and to better engage stakeholders in unlocking economic and environmental benefits.

If you have suggestions for future studies we could share, please contact Nick Brousse.

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