CHPC Dedicates Roanoke-Lee Street Duplex Project

The people Architect Colin Arnold had in mind while designing the Blacksburg duplexes are low to moderate income homebuyers. “The design of these duplexes is so the homebuyers will reap the benefits of the homes’ energy conserving construction,” he said.

As an example of green affordable housing, the 14 duplex units were designed and constructed utilizing efficient design, sustainable materials and incorporating energy efficient features.

One of the interior sustainable features is a healthier indoor environment due to building practices and materials that minimize moisture, provide proper ventilation and avoid chemical and biological contaminants to protect parents and children against illnesses from housing construction. The homes also are at least 30 percent more energy efficient than conventional homes with the use of Energy Star systems, appliances, and fixtures. This will save residents hundreds of dollars each year in utility bills.

The duplexes also have exterior sustainable features which were made possible with a little bit of sweat from about 100 CHPC employees, future homeowners and community volunteers. In celebration of National NeighborWorks® Week, a nationwide movement to mobilize tens of thousands of people in a week of neighborhood change and awareness, the volunteers joined together June 5 and 6 to complete the native landscaping, build sheds and install porous pavers.

These sustainable improvements were made in time for a dedication ceremony June 8, which celebrated the end of NeighborWorks® Week.