NETWORK strongly supports individual, corporate and governmental actions that help support (or renew) healthy ecosystems. The homes in which we live tell much about our environmental values. NETWORK encourages incorporation of environmentally responsible ways of living, as these become available.
“Green housing” refers to construction or rehabilitation of homes using technologies and appliances that are friendly to the environment, help keep utility bills and repair costs low, and prevent environmental contaminants from damaging residents’ health.
Technologies include the use of alternative energy sources such as geothermal, solar panels, and high level insulation; water conservation features; and recycled construction materials that are as free of toxins and allergens as possible. Long-distance transportation of materials would be discouraged.
Energy-efficient appliances are also stressed.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is incorporating environmentally sound practices in its construction and rehabilitation, and requiring these of private entities that receive HUD contracts.