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h1 CASE STUDY: NORTH CAROLINA'S FIRST GREEN MULTIFAMILY AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Posted: Aug 30, 2012
CASE STUDY: NORTH CAROLINA'S FIRST GREEN MULTIFAMILY AFFORDABLE HOUSING By Jennifer Goodman -
The recently completed Cherry Gardens Senior Apartments, a green-built, affordable complex of 42 units, is the first step in redevelopment planned by Charlotte-based Living Gardens LLC that will maintain a variety of affordable housing options in the neighborhood to support those most at risk of displacement by gentrification. Cherry Gardens slated for LEED-Silver. Home Energy Efficiency Article by ecohomes and REACHBARRIER The recently completed Cherry Gardens Senior Apartments, a green-built, affordable complex of 42 units, is the first step in redevelopment planned by Charlotte-based Living Gardens LLC that will maintain a variety of affordable housing options in the neighborhood to support those most at risk of displacement by gentrification. TAHG's first eco-friendly project, Cherry Gardens was originally designed for Energy Star for Homes certification but is now slated for LEED-Silver. Lower-than-expected construction bids allowed planners to add sustainable, high-performance features-an extra 7% to 8% in construction costs-while still staying under budget, says TAHG development associate James Royster. In addition, the project earned points for its R-19 wall insulation, low-E windows, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and Energy Star appliances and lighting. An LP Tech Shield radiant barrier protects the building from the hot southern sun, cutting monthly air conditioning costs by up to 17%, and fiberglass attic insulation provides an R-value of 38. ecohome-logo1-275x206
The property achieved a HERS rating of 79, 21% more energy efficient than a standard new multifamily building. "We really wanted to target energy efficiency because the residents will pay their own electric utility bills," Woollard says. "The benefits go directly to long-term residents where those saving can make a big difference." "Most of the things we did inside aren't a flashy kind of green, they are focused on energy-efficient and healthy green," says Woollard. But he believes that offering efficient, healthy, and durable housing is in the best interest of affordable housing organizations and their clients. "We are going to try to make affordable green housing part of our mission, and we're encouraged by a lot of our funding sources to do so," he says. "The bottom line is that affordable housing is a social good and the green piece of it is important also." Jennifer Goodman is Senior Editor, Online for EcoHome.

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