The Blueprint is here!

Walker Wells and I are thrilled that our book, Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition, was released by Island Press in July 2020! We are eager to share this comprehensive resource, full of practical methods and insightful case studies, with you.

– Kim Vermeer

Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition

By Walker Wells and Kimberly Vermeer

The lack of affordable housing and the climate crisis are two of the most pressing challenges facing cities today. Green affordable housing addresses both by providing housing stability, safety, and financial predictability while constructing and operating the buildings to reduce environmental and climate impacts.

Release Date: July 9th, 2020

About the Book

Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing is the most comprehensive resource on how green building principles can be incorporated into affordable housing design, construction, and operation. In this fully revised edition, Walker Wells and Kimberly Vermeer capture the rapid evolution of green building practices and make a compelling case for integrating green building in affordable housing. The Blueprint offers guidance on innovative practices, green building certifications for affordable housing, and the latest financing strategies. The completely new case studies share detailed insights on how the many elements of a green building are incorporated into different housing types and locations. Case studies include a geographical range, from high-desert homeownership, to southeast supportive housing, and net-zero family apartments on the coasts. The new edition includes basic planning tools such as checklists to guide the planning process, and questions to encourage reflection about how the content applies in practice. While Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing is especially useful to housing development project managers, the information and insights will be valuable to all participants in the affordable housing industry: developers, designers and engineers, funders, public agency staff, property and asset managers, housing advocates, and resident advocates.

Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing Coauthors

Walker Wells is a principal at Raimi + Associates, a consulting service that supports healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities. He is former Executive Director of Global Green USA and a lecturer in the UCLA planning program.

Kimberly Vermeer is President of Urban Habitat Initiatives, a Boston based consulting practice working to advance sustainability and climate resilience, especially in multifamily and affordable housing.


Every affordable housing project can achieve the fundamentals of good green building design and practice. By sharing the authors’ years of expertise in guiding hundreds of organizations, Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition gives project teams what they need to push for excellence.

Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition is published by Island Press.


Thanks to Island Press, our publisher!

Island Press is a nonprofit, environmental publisher based in Washington, DC. Founded in 1984, Island Press’ mission is to provide the best ideas and information to those seeking to understand and protect the environment and create solutions to its complex problems.

Further Reading: Feature in Shelterforce Magazine

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