Wilson Avenue Duplex in Blacksburg, Virginia

The Wilson Avenue project in Blacksburg, Virginia, is a duplex housing unit comfortably situated in an established neighborhood and built for sale to low-to-moderate-income households. One unit sold to a first-time homebuyer earning at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income, and one unit sold to a first-time home buyer earning at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income.

In addition to the affordable purchase price, the homes are also economically sustainable. The long-term cost of maintenance and upkeep of the Wilson Avenue units is less than conventional housing because they are created with durable building materials and feature energy-efficient appliances and design elements. As a certified EARTHCRAFT House and an ENERGY VALUE HOUSING AWARD winner, environmentally-responsible features include low VOC paints and finishes, light harvesting measures, advanced framing techniques, porous paving areas, and native landscaping.

Green Features:

  • Advanced framing techniques
  • Solar hot water heater and Marathon high efficiency hot water heater
  • 15 SEER heat pump
  • All hardwood and ceramic tile flooring; no carpet
  • Fiber cement siding
  • Compost bins
  • Rain barrels for stormwater collection
  • R-19 exterior walls, R-38 attic insulation
  • Low VOC paints and finishes
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
  • Solar-powered roof vents
  • Blown cellulose/formaldehyde free insulation
  • Low-flow toilets, shower heads, and faucets
  • ENERGY STAR-rated appliances, light fixtures and windows
  • Native landscaping
  • Solar orientation, passive design strategy, and deep overhangs
  • Porous paving areas


  • 2010 Silver ENERGY VALUE HOUSING AWARD (EVHA), Affordable Home/Cold Climate category
  • EARTHCRAFT House Certification

Developer: Community Housing Partners
General Contractor: CHP Construction
Architect: CHP Design Studio
Size: each duplex (main floor = 864 square feet; upper floor = 544 square feet)
Site Size: .343 total acres


Click on address for directions:
401 Wilson Avenue
Blacksburg, VA 24060

CHP Design Studio
540.382.2002 x3337
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