Solar Included in Affordable Housing Project

[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The NC HealthyBuilt Homes (HBH) program in North Caroline is bringing its expertise in innovation and energy efficiency to Pauli Murray Place in Durham, which has been overgrown, blighted and used as a dumping ground for almost ten years. Durham Community Land Trustees (DCLT), a NC HBH member, will construct six of 13 new affordable housing units for first-time homeowners as part of the Pauli Murray Place Project (formerly called the Gattis Street project). The NC HBH program is a statewide collaboration between the NC Solar Center, the State Energy Office, NC Department of Administration and local communities. DCLT is committed to meeting NC HBH certification criteria in the six homes they will develop, including amenities such as passive solar orientation, solar hot water heaters and energy-efficient appliances. Homeowners are predicted to save as much as 60 percent on their utility bills, thus creating not only affordable housing but more affordable living. NC HBH and the Solar Center are helping DCLT locate funding for solar hot water heaters and helping to identify which sites will fit which home plans. For more information, see the following two links.

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