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EarthCraft Virginia Recognizes CHP for Sustainable Leadership

EarthCraft Awarded to CHP

Two affordable multifamily rental communities developed, owned, and managed by Community Housing Partners (CHP) received recognition from EarthCraft Virginia this month in Richmond at their Sixth Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards Ceremony. The Multifamily Renovation Project of the Year award was bestowed upon Greenstone on 5th Apartments in Charlottesville, Va., and Grissom Lane Apartments in Blacksburg, Va., earned a Special Recognition award.

The awards event recognized Virginia leaders in the adoption of green, sustainable housing and brought together over 100 individuals representing home builders, nonprofit and for-profit housing providers and developers, affordable housing advocates, and those interested in creating green housing opportunities in Virginia. Awards were presented in a variety of categories to cover new construction, renovation, single family homes, multifamily housing and more.

“Building on a long-standing tradition of environmental, economic, and social responsibility, all of CHP’s activities and programs are intended to encourage community revitalization, foster financial stability for our residents, and promote a healthier planet for future generations. It is an honor to be recognized by EarthCraft Virginia for these efforts and to be part of such an esteemed group of award winners who are leading the way in sustainable development,” said CHP Architect Josh Holloway.

In 2013-14, CHP completed an extensive $15 million interior and exterior rehabilitation to the 202-unit Greenstone on 5th apartment community that improved its functionality, efficiency, and aesthetic. The renovation, which was partially funded by Low Income Housing Tax Credits, included a brand new community center; 21 new, fully accessible handicapped units and five new designated sight/hearing impaired units; all-new kitchen and bath casework and countertops; and WATERSENSE plumbing fixtures. CHP was also able to earn EarthCraft certification for Greenstone on 5th by focusing on building performance for reduced utility usage as well as enhanced ventilation, water conservation, and waste management techniques. Additionally, Greenstone on 5th was among three pilot properties where CHP recently launched CHP SMART Homes, a comprehensive green tenant education program.

Newly developed, designed, and constructed by CHP in 2014, Grissom Lane Apartments is a model of low-income housing for residents aged 55 years and older. Each cottage was built to EarthCraft Net-Zero standards, meaning each home should produce as much or more energy than it uses. Electricity is generated by a 28kW photovoltaic system, while high insulation values, extensive air sealing, Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV), and mini-splits are used to reduce the energy demand on the homes. Located on 1.2 acres, Grissom Lane Apartments has four duplex cottages with each containing two apartments with two bedrooms. The apartments were designed using Universal Design features to help facilitate aging in place for its residents and the site was rezoned to ‘planned residential,’ which allows the homes to be more intimately arranged along a short walking loop. This site design creates space for a community garden and central gathering area where residents have the opportunity to create a supportive community.

 “Our annual Sustainable Leadership Awards recognize the best initiatives in sustainable housing in Virginia over the past year,” says EarthCraft Virginia Executive Director, K.C. Bleile. “Now in its sixth year, we feel privileged to honor the dedicated individuals who continue to amaze us with their passion for high performance home building. This year’s nominees and winners have all gone above and beyond standard building expectations to become the leaders in transforming Virginia’s housing market.”

About EarthCraft Virginia
EarthCraft Virginia, a 501c3 non-profit, was established in 2006 in partnership with the Home Builders Association of Virginia and Southface Energy Institute with assistance from the Virginia Community Development Corporation. The EarthCraft program, originally founded in 1999 by non-profit Southface and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, serves as a blueprint for energy and resource efficient homes built in the Southeast. Throughout the Southeast, the program has certified over 8,000 homes and 25,000 multifamily dwelling units (with 13,500 of these multifamily units in Virginia alone). EarthCraft Virginia's partners include Southface Energy Institute, the Home Builders Association of Virginia, Habitat for Humanity of Virginia, and Virginia Housing Development Authority. For more information on EarthCraft or EarthCraft Virginia, please visit www.earthcraftvirginia.org.