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Seattle’s High Point redevelopment project November 17, 2009

Filed under: Healthy Housing — sustainphas @ 7:29 pm
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  • The Seattle Housing Authority owns 5,200 units of public housing.  When redeveloping High Point, the Housing Authority focused on creating a pedestrian friendly community based upon new urbanism ideals.  It features a natural drainage system, water conservation and energy efficiency innovations.  Furthermore, it features “Breath Easy Homes” to address the needs of children with asthma and allergies.  Seattle also undertook an independent cost-benefit analysis of the High Point project.  The study compared High Point to other local public housing.  It demonstrated that the utility costs for the development were 56% lower, and the fuel consumption was 37% lower. 


Cost Benefit Analysis Study can be downloaded from the Seattle Housing Authority:


ACTIVE Louisville

Filed under: Energy Efficiency — sustainphas @ 7:18 pm
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  • A recipient of the EPA’s Energy Star Award for Excellence, the Louisville effort focused on a new HOPE VI mixed-income development called Liberty Green.  The development consists of 689 new homes which all received Energy Star labels.  All units will be 30% more efficient than the building code requirements, and the improvements include higher efficiency heating and cooling systems as well as enhanced ductwork. 
  • In addition, the Louisville Metro Housing Authority received grant funding to support ACTIVE Louisville within the community where Liberty Green was under development.  Projects included an inter-generational fitness program, bicycle recycling and a community clean up.