Making Green Affordable, Part 2

Posted on April 27,2015 by ChrisBriley in affordability

Part Two of this episode brings us to construction details for high-performance affordable homes. Again, I feel the need to point out that we are not talking about low-income housing or housing that makes a difference between shelter and non-shelter. I'm talking about high-performance homes that will compete, on a financial level, with those cheap vinyl boxes that litter suburbia and urban areas alike. Phil and I have refreshed our drinks and are ready to talk about building envelope construction from the bottom up. Let's get started.

Net-Zero For a Competitive Price

Posted on April 27,2015 by patrick_mccombe in affordable

The designers of a 1,700 square-foot net-zero-energy demonstration home in Irvine, California, claim that a similar home can be built by virtually anyone for less than $150 per sq. ft., a figure that’s price-competitive with conventional homes in this market.

Affordable Housing is Leading Green Building

Posted on April 27,2015 by CarlSeville in affordable

I recently learned that in Georgia, as well as much of the rest of the country, Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), the fuel that drives much of the affordable housing industry, strongly encourages green building certification for projects that obtain these credits. Without this connection to tax credits, we would see many fewer certified green homes and apartments, and these affordable developers would not be the leaders in green building that they are today.

An Affordable Passivhaus in British Columbia

Posted on April 27,2015 by Fretboard in affordable

UPDATED: To reflect clarification of interior sq. ft. for each unit in Rainbow Duplex.

Assorted Signals from the Green Building Market

Posted on April 27,2015 by Fretboard in affordable

Even if they are not entirely clear about its potential benefits or what it should cost, more consumers than ever seem to think green building is a good idea. That’s one of the broad conclusions of two National Association of Home Builders Research Center surveys conducted for Habitat for Humanity and Whirlpool Corporation.

Home Depot Foundation, Habitat for Humanity Expand Green Program

Posted on April 27,2015 by Fretboard in affordable

A pilot program launched last year by Habitat for Humanity International and the Home Depot Foundation offered grants for Habitat homes built to green standards. Some 30 Habitat affiliates participated and more than 260 homes were built under the program.

Affordable Urban Green in Philly

Posted on April 27,2015 by Fretboard in affordable

Construction costs for developer Postgreen’s flagship project, the 100K House, came in at just under $100,000. The 1,150 sq. ft. home is aiming for LEED Platinum certification How inexpensive can urban green building get? There are a bunch of builders, architects, and developers out there trying to figure that out. One of them, a Philadelphia-based developer called Postgreen, took a shot at building a 1,150 sq. ft. townhouse in that city for just under $100,000 in construction costs.

Farmworker Housing Gets Green Treatment

Posted on April 27,2015 by Fretboard in affordable

Seattle-based architectural firm designs affordable, green housing for agricultural workers in Washington state Housing shortages for the agriculture industry’s seasonal workers are, in many parts of the country, as abundant as the crops they harvest. As architectural and planning firm Mithun notes on its website, tens of thousands of farmworkers in Washington state are forced to compete for a limited supply of affordable housing, and many end up in overcrowded, substandard units, or resort to camping out in cars or tents.

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