A qualitative assessment of experiences with selected green technologies in affordable multifamily housing

Becky L. Yust, Michael Urness, Deborah Mitchell, William G. Weber, Abbie Loosen

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This exploratory study was conducted to assess information about selected green technologies used in affordable multifamily housing in Minnesota to identify if they were perceived to operate as intended and their influences on residents’ well-being. The technologies selected were identified by an advisory committee because the technologies were installed to meet goals of sustainability of the affordable housing. Developers, architects, managers, and residents of five buildings utilizing one of the selected technologies were interviewed. Transcripts were analyzed and themes were identified. Analysis led to identifying which information and from who was of most importance in meeting the housing needs of low-income households with innovative and efficient housing that will improve the quality of life for residents while saving long-term operating costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-249
Number of pages11
JournalHousing and Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015



  • Affordable multifamily housing
  • Green technology

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