Pub. date: 2011 | Online Pub. Date: May 04, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412973816 | Print ISBN: 9781412996822 | Online ISBN: 9781412973816| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Megan Lee & Stephen Smith & Andrew T. Carswell
Green housing relates to the practices used to build the house and the products used in the building process, as well as the long-term savings and effect on the health and well-being of the users and the environment. The objectives of green homes are to create and maintain home environments that are sustainable for users, the community, and the environment. Green homes are part of the sustainability movement that aims to meet needs without compromising future generations’ ability to meet their needs. Advancements in green building have prompted governmental programs and standards. For example, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy implemented the Energy Star program, which has revolutionized consumers’ ability to access information about energy-efficient products and services from a trusted source. In 2008, Americans bought 550 million Energy Star–certified products, and households are experiencing energy use and savings (use cut by one-third, saving $750 annually). In ...