Greenest Homes Those Near Transit

According to a new study out from the EPA, Location Efficiency and Housing Type – Boiling it Down to BTUs, buildings and transportation together account for about 70% of U.S. energy use and 62% of its greenhouse gas emissions, and homes near public transportation uses less energy than homes in the suburbs, regardless of many energy saving measures the home may take. 

The study compares the relative impact of different development approaches: locating homes where less energy-intensive transportation options are available; constructing homes that use less energy because they share walls, which reduces heat loss; and “greening” homes and cars through energy-efficient home construction techniques and fuel-efficient automobile technology.

No surprise that its findings suggest that the most significant gains in household energy efficiency can be achieved when all of these efforts are combined.

But aside from this, the paper also concluded that the total energy use of homes in transit oriented developments and  walkable neighborhoods near public transit used less energy than various kinds of housing in conventional suburb locations, and were “location efficient” because residents had an option to use other modes of transportation aside from just the automobile.

Again, perhaps no huge surprise to hear. But the paper only solidifies the importance of home siting decisions, the manner in which our communities are built and investment decisions are made, and how we plan for a sustainable future.

Download the report from EPA’s website: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/location_efficiency_BTU.htm

2 Responses to “Greenest Homes Those Near Transit”

  1. News For The Homebuyer With Carbon Footprint On The Brain | A is for Atlanta Says:

    […] catching up on ARC’s Land Matters blog and came across this post: Greenest Homes Those Near Transit.  It’s an interesting little post that spotlights a recent EPA report on housing location, […]

  2. Green Housing In Atlanta? - A Is For Atlanta Says:

    […] catching up on ARC’s Land Matters blog and came across this post: Greenest Homes Those Near Transit.  It’s an interesting little post that spotlights a recent EPA report on housing location, and […]

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