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May 02, 2012


Clay Kerchof

This post is attractive, because at its roots it is asking the question what is affordable green housing? . What is the demand for it? How should we think of sustainability in considering affordable housing? Can environmental stewardship and sound economics go hand-in-hand? What are the alternative angles from which to view affordable housing?
There is a convincing argument to made that all affordable housing these days should be green housing, because if we are making the investment in affordable housing to begin with, it should be a long-term investment that supports our long term energy goals and supports sustainable development. Even though not all people are on the sustainability bandwagon, it is certainly a growing movement. Eventually sustainability and long-term comprehensive planning will be inevitable. It will be too costly and detrimental not to.
I agree with you that green housing affects not only the families who live in the units but also the surrounding community. It could raise surrounding property values and therefore elevate a community’s tax base, but it would also reinforce sustainable lifestyles and principles. It is important for people to think about these issues regularly. Putting a big reminder of it in a community might be effective.
I particularly like the point that green affordable housing can be a “point of pride for the neighborhoods spurring additional development.” If a long-term investment were put in a low-income community that promotes sustainability fundamentally, I think that opens up more opportunities for similar projects in addition to grassroots efforts to improve the physical environment of the community. Such efforts not only improve the health and cleanliness but also has the potential to bridge social and economic groups and strengthen diversify a community’s social networks.
It is promising that LISC and Enterprise Community Partners has already made significant investments in green affordable housing units. This indicates that green has made its way into the affordable housing network. Can green interests and funding be leveraged in the same way as affordable housing interests?
The blog links to a New Ecology Inc. publication that states there is no standard definition for what green affordable housing is. This opens up a whole new field of inquiry. This is an exciting new direction for research in cost-effective “green” design and civic participation in process that promotes green infrastructure. In the future I hope to see sustainable design practices, affordability and citizen participation to become more interwoven to create a process with more stakeholders and leaders in which knowledge and decisions concerning community welfare is distributed more evenly.

Burgess Rice

There has been a large national effort to raise the bar for sustainability within all new construction and renovation projects in the United States. Cities are determining their own standards to fulfill specific levels of LEED certification, while the national government is aiming for all new construction efforts to reach net zero energy by 2020.

Several examples of affordable housing have already fulfilled these goals. For example, the Urban Land Institute sparked a series of sustainable low-income housing efforts in the mid-2000s. Solara, a development located 20 miles outside of San Diego, harnesses the sun’s energy through photovoltaic panels, which are positioned on the roof of every house and carport. These panels capture not only enough energy to power all of the residents homes but also to export leftover energy to the San Diego grid. Solara’s sustainable efforts are enhanced by its landscape, which provides lemons, rosemary and sage plants to its residents. The low-income tenants, as a result, do not have to pay electric bills. Another example, Plaza Development, located in the San Francisco Bay area, reached LEED silver certification through the use of PV cells and the installation of nontoxic paint, cabinets, and other interior finishes. Both Solara and Plaza tenants are provided with sustainable instruction and/or manuals, to ensure that the green ethos of these developments is upheld.

Within our own town of Charlottesville, Sunrise Park, a mixed-income development that replaced a decades-old trailer park, also uses sustainable techniques. The residents of the trailer park worked with Habitat for Humanity to ensure that their new homes would incorporate green strategies. EarthCraft certification, a sustainable index specifically designed for America’s northeast region, was attained on all of Sunrise Park’s new buildings. Additionally, a rainwater collection system promises to be the main source of plant irrigation on-site. Other rain gardens are distributed throughout the development, and several energy-efficient appliances are installed in the homes. Sunrise Park exemplifies how sustainable efforts are initiated by national organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, local governments, like the City of Charlottesville, and longstanding neighborhoods, including the residents of Sunrise Trailer Park.

The three case studies I mentioned demonstrate how success for sustainable affordable housing can be attained from the east coast to the west coast. I would encourage the research of even more case studies, many of which can be found in databases produced by sustainable institutions nationwide. Armed with more precedent studies, the future of American low-income housing can improve the immediate environment of its residents, as well as the larger environment that we all share.

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Au sein de notre propre ville de Charlottesville, Sunrise Park, un développement à revenu mixte, qui a remplacé un parc à roulottes vieux de plusieurs décennies, utilise également des techniques durables. Les résidents du parc remorque a travaillé avec Habitat pour l'humanité afin de s'assurer que les nouveaux foyers incorporer des stratégies vertes.

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Die drei Fallstudien zeigen, wie ich bereits erwähnt Erfolg für nachhaltige erschwinglichem Wohnraum von der Ostküste an die Westküste erreicht werden kann. Ich würde die Forschung von noch mehr Fallstudien fördern, können von denen viele in den Datenbanken von Institutionen nachhaltig produzierten bundesweit gefunden werden. Bewaffnet mit mehr Präzedenzfall Studiums kann die Zukunft der amerikanischen geringem Einkommen verbessern die unmittelbare Umgebung der Bewohner, sowie die größere Umgebung, die wir alle teilen.

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It can produce hot water for heating or sanitary uses up to temperatures of 65 °C with only the compressor and work up to temperatures of -25 °C!

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