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CHP Receives FAHE Energy Innovator Award

Christiansburg, Va. – Community Housing Partners (CHP) is pleased to announce it has been recognized by the Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises, Inc. (FAHE) for the highest production among FAHE’s 46 member organizations of energy efficiency in multifamily housing last year.

"We are honored to be named by FAHE as an Energy Innovator,” said James Ruhland, a project manager with Community Design Studio (CDS), the architectural arm of CHP. “For over thirty-five years, CHP has been committed to creating affordable and sustainable housing for the people and communities we serve, which includes building and retrofitting homes to a high level of performance and comfort.”

As part of these efforts, CHP articulated principles of sustainability for the organization and made a mission-driven decision to “go green” in 2003. Three years later, CHP formally adopted the nationally respected EarthCraft™ scoring system to guide and shape the rehabilitation of all its multifamily preservation and new construction projects in Virginia. Since that time, CHP has developed or had a role in the development of 19 EarthCraft™-certified multifamily communities, for a total of 940 units of affordable housing across Virginia.

Because it adheres to such rigid design and building standards on its projects, all of CHP’s multifamily homes include such energy-saving measures as insulation that exceeds building code requirements; ENERGY STAR® windows, appliances, lighting fixtures, and HVAC units; water-conserving fixtures and site features; and the air sealing of all building envelopes and duct systems.

“Improved energy efficiency is very important to us and our residents because it provides a significant reduction in heating and cooling costs, which results in a financial savings. Energy-efficient homes also have a reduced impact on the environment – now and in the future – because fewer resources are used for the creation and consumption of energy,” Ruhland stated.

About the Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprise:
FAHE leads a network of Appalachian organizations to sustainable growth and measurable impact through collective voice and provides access to capital that creates housing and promotes community development.

The organization was started in 1980 by socially conscious entrepreneurs who saw that impoverished families in rural areas had limited access to capital for suitable housing solutions. The creation of FAHE allowed affordable housing providers to share experiences, form a unified voice, and share access to resources to develop quality housing.