Green Housing Can Be Affordable Too

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The notion that green built homes are only for the wealthy is a misconception. While it’s true that some environmentally-friendly materials cost a bit more than their conventional counterparts, the long-term savings of many items reduce the overall costs. Even entire homes can be built to suit the affordable housing market.harlem-green-apartments.jpg

Take for instance, the eco-friendly David and Joyce Dinkins Gardens development in Harlem, New York. According to The Daily Green, “The apartments will feature Energy Star-rated appliances and lighting, passive sun shading, low-VOC paints and materials, heavy-duty ventilation, community garden, a partial green roof and rainwater recycling.”

The improved indoor air quality and lower utility bills will benefit residents who will include young people coming out of foster care and low-income households. A classroom dedicated to job training will also be incorporated into the building.

Another well-publicized affordable housing effort is Brad Pitt’s project with Global Green to rebuild and revitalize New Orlean’s Ninth Ward. P.S. There’s still time for you to donate to this important cause.

Tag(s): Green Building, Money Saving

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