Written by Eco-Architect, Ingrid Cryns, to assist people to gain a greater awareness of what to consider when buying a new property, soma earth PROPERTY SELECTION book (2012, 40 pgs), has a good overview that will help you be pro-active about what are the better features for a sustainable house.
You will learn about;
Determining Criteria: How much land do you really need?, Time Frame: How long do you plan on staying on this new property? Location: Rural, urban or somewhere in between?
Finding your Perfect Property: Resources, Financing, Starter Houses
Found it? Check the Details! Accommodating Future Building, Zoning and By-law considerations, A Healthy Environment
Characteristics of the Land: Water, Trees, Solar and Wind, Neighbours