In April 2006, the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) brought together national green building organizations, local rural housing organizations with a history of green building, funding organizations, and other stakeholders in a roundtable forum to explore the specifics of green affordable housing and the challenges in rural areas. Rural affordable green building is an area with little current research and one that is increasingly important given the current policy and programmatic attention to green affordable housing. During the roundtable, representatives of rural affordable housing organizations identified their organizations' green building activities, challenges, and responses to these challenges, while funders contributed dialogue on the characteristics of green resource delivery for rural groups. This discussion yielded a rich array of information on rural affordable green building.
This report synthesizes HAC's roundtable discussion and highlights the characteristics and challenges of green affordable housing with how practitioners are successfully developing this type of housing.