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Green building makes homes more affordable

Published On: Jul 27 2013 06:34:25 PM CDT
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(NewsUSA) - Faced with increasing demand for low-income housing, public housing authorities are finding that investing in green building solutions can make their homes more affordable and more livable.

Seattle Housing Authority, one of the nation's largest public housing agencies, has found a way to cut fuel consumption by 37 percent at a 120-acre redevelopment in West Seattle. Named High Point, the new pedestrian-friendly community features a mix of 1,700 low-income and market-rate properties, plus ample park space, a seniors' village, a neighborhood center, a new medical and dental clinic and a public library.

Tom Phillips, Seattle Housing Authority's senior development manager, says High Point has set a new standard in sustainable green building for housing authorities. "Our design team includes firms that are among the region's leaders in sustainable development, and who share Seattle Housing's passion for building a greener, more affordable and more livable community."

The community features an innovative natural drainage system and a host of energy-efficient and water conservation solutions.

A report also noted that the inclusion of conservation technology makes housing even more affordable as utility rates increase and public utilities and government agencies add new financial incentives for conservation.