Research & Reports

Enterprise’s comprehensive research and evaluation efforts seek to demonstrate the health, economic and environmental benefits of affordable housing developed and preserved to the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. Through this effort, we aim to prove that green homes are more affordable and healthier as a result of lower energy and water consumption and healthier living environments, thus enhancing the quality of life of residents. 


Green Policies Build  Green Policies Build Green Homes, Green Communities
This report assesses the impact of green requirements on LIHTC allocations with the goal of quantifying the penetration of green building across the affordable housing industry.

2015 criteria incremental cost survey 2015 Criteria Incremental Cost Survey, Green Communities, Bridgewire Consulting
The purpose of this guide is to provide users of the 2015 Criteria—owners, developers, design professionals, contractors, and others—with industry estimates for the costs of meeting the 2015 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. For the purposes of this guide, the project team defined incremental cost as the added cost to exceed standard construction practice for the affordable housing industry. It should be noted that this resource is not a cost-benefit guide. All users should consider the positive impacts of meeting the 2015 Criteria and weigh these against the costs estimated in this guide and by professionals working on your project.

criteria benefits update Enterprise Green Communities Criteria: Incremental Costs, Measurable Savings Update, Peter Morris, Yianice Hernandez
This update to Incremental Cost, Measurable Savings report illustrates the cost effectiveness of the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria in delivering health, economic and environmental benefits to developers and residents of green affordable housing. For this latest report, Enterprise partnered with Davis Langdon to complete the analysis on an expanded dataset of 52 green affordable housing developments, up from 27 included in the 2009 report.

green incremental cost Incremental Cost, Measurable Savings: Green Communities by Dana Bourland

  • This is the first-of-its-kind study showing the cost effectiveness of meeting the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria.
  • As a result of this study, we found that meeting the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, on average costs $4.52 per square foot, about a 2% investment in upfront development costs — while providing significant long-term operating cost savings.
  • Energy and water conservation measures not only pay for themselves ($1,900) but also produce another $2,900 in projected lifetime savings per dwelling unit.

breath easy Breathe-Easy Home: The Impact of Asthma-Friendly Home Construction by Tim K. Takaro

  • Asthma remains the most common chronic condition of childhood, affecting 9.1% of all US children.
  • Low-income and racial/ethnic minority children have high levels of exposure and sensitization
    to indoor asthma triggers
  • Exposures to mold, rodents, and moisture were reduced significantly in Breathe Easy Homes.
  • Children and adolescents with asthma who moved into an asthma-friendly home experienced large decreases in asthma triggers

green research case study viking terrace Creating Green and Healthy Affordable Homes for Families at Viking Terrace, Worthington, Minn. by the National Center for Healthy Housing
Released in 2010, this National Center for Healthy Housing study is one of the nation’s first demonstrations of how rehabilitating low-income housing using green and healthy principles positively affects the health of residents.

sharing-benefits-going-green.JPG Sharing the Benefits of Building Green: A Study of the High Point Community
This study examines the High Point development in Seattle as a model of sustainable community development.

a green housing equals improved health Greener Housing = Improved Health: A Winning CombinationDesign and Specifications by Noreen Beatley
This paper provides background on the relationship between housing and health and, using case studies developed by the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH), illustrates how building affordable green housing provides health benefits to its low-income residents.

utility-guide.jpg Utility Allowance Options for Investments in Energy Efficiency: Resource Guide by Yianice Hernandez, Julieann Summerford
This resource increases awareness about adopting, establishing, and offering utility allowance options supportive of energy-efficiency investments in new construction and rehabilitation



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