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I read a rather interesting article in Sustainable Industries on affordable green building. It seems that finally market forces have allowed this crucial segment of housing to I read a rather interesting article in Sustainable Industries on affordable green building. It seems that finally market forces have allowed this crucial segment of housing to move forward.

It states that green construction is a mere 5% – 10% more than standard. Dana Bourland of Enterprise Community Partners claims the housing boom of recent years as providing proof of the value for green building.

Case studies

Patton Park is a new project in Portland by Gerding Edlen and SERA Architects that will utilize their experience in building green for an affordable housing project. The 33rd St and Powell Rowhouses will be built by REACH Community Development. Feature include energy-efficient windows and sunscreens, Energy Star-rated appliances, VOC paints, and solar panels. One really cool thing is the outreach component by educating residents about how to use less energy.

Funding

Sunscreens on the southwest corner of the building, were provided by a grant from Home Depot Foundation, which also provided $50,000 for a rainwater-harvesting tank at Station Place, another REACH-developed affordable housing project in Portland. 

Additional funding opportunities at the local level, such as Portland’s Green Investment Fund, incentivize local projects. Surprisingly given their tight budgets, some of the past recipients were affordable housing projects, such as The Watershed at Hillsdale and The Civic, which was developed by Gerding Edlen as a combination of market-rate condos and below-market affordable units.

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