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Global Green supports affordable housing construction with technical assistance

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Energy Star Affordable Multifamily Development

According to the California Energy Commission (CEC) approximately half of new multifamily affordable housing units constructed each year are energy efficient enough to qualify for Energy Star certification.

Affordable Housing Developers

Further, the CEC estimates only 2% of affordable housing developers integrate renewable energy features into their projects. Low energy efficiency and low use of renewable energy in affordable housing projects stems from a lack of awareness and viable financial models with which to implement these measures.

The burden energy bills present to low-income families in the United States is often staggeringly heavy. Families significantly below the poverty level have been shown to spend as much as 19% of their income on utility bills, while in some areas of the United States as many as a quarter of evictions of low-income renters were due to inability to pay utility bills.

Zero-Energy Affordable Housing Units with Off-the-shelf technology

With funding from the CEC, Global Green and affordable housing developers are building zero-energy affordable housing units with off-the-shelf technology and a robust financial model that will be replicable by other developers nationwide.

Global Green USA Promotes Green Building Practices in Affordable Housing

Over the past decade, Global Green USA has established itself as a national leader in promoting green building practices in the affordable housing community. Through the Greening of Affordable Housing Initiative (GAHI), Global Green works extensively with non-profit community development corporations, architects, financial institutions, and government agencies at the local, state, and national level.

Global Green encourages the adoption of green building strategies and materials in affordable housing. Working with green building and affordable housing organizations, Global Green provides information and education on the practices and components of green affordable housing, cost issues and financial strategies, and relevant policy initiatives. Global Green has conducted over 30 workshops on greening affordable housing; facilitated over 25 green building charrettes; and authored publications and case studies.

Global Green has provided technical assistance to nearly two dozen affordable housing developers nationwide, including for the Nueva Vista Family Housing project in Santa Cruz, CA and the recently completed Plaza Apartments in San Francisco. Currently Global Green is also collaborating with the Habitat for Humanity New York City affiliate’s Atlantic Avenue project in Brooklyn, a LEED-Home pilot project. SOURCE:

Global Green
Global Green USA
2218 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: 310.581.2700 | Fax: 310.581.2702

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