Date of Award

Spring 2013

Degree Type

Professional Project


College of Professional Studies


In view of the increasing concerns for escalating energy costs, healthier living, and environmental degradation, sustainable building initiatives are being pursued with both public and private support, although with significant misperceptions. The purpose of this study is to identify homeowner perceptions of renewable energy sources and to identify the causes of apprehension towards using renewable energy technology in affordable housing. The methodology of this study uses a non-experimental, descriptive designed, random survey. Findings indicate significantly high initial costs for green building technology, such as solar panels, and serve as the primary reason for apprehension toward installing renewable energy systems in homes. However, survey results indicate high preference by homeowners for grants and incentives for green investments. Research limitations include a low sample size and delimitations of a small survey distribution area. The void of perspective research on green affordable housing influenced the author to conduct this study with the intention to bring additional clarity to the subject. The researcher recommends continued support of public incentives for green energy education and technology especially by soliciting the involvement of nonprofit organizations. Cost effective housing, improved health conditions, and environmental awareness are survival points afforded by a transformation of rethinking towards green, sustainable living.