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CHP Receives 2007 Energy Star Award for Excellence in Energy-Efficient Affordable Housing

Christiansburg, Va. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have awarded Community Housing Partners (CHP) the 2007 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence in Energy-Efficient Affordable Housing in recognition of its efforts to provide energy-efficient housing for low-income residents.  CHP will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 21.

CHP’s Roanoke-Lee Street Duplex project is one of six in this category nationwide to be recognized for utilizing energy-efficient technologies in affordable housing initiatives and educating consumers of the ENERGY STAR benefits.

“Energy efficiency is particularly important in the affordable housing sector,” said Colin Arnold, AIA, CHP’s Staff Architect.  “By building homes that earn the ENERGY STAR, we are reducing utility costs and providing homes that are truly affordable to own and operate for low-income residents.”

Through a partnership with the Town of Blacksburg, the 14 units, ranging from 1,000 to 1,300 square feet, are now home to 14 first time low- to moderate-income homebuyers and their families.  Each duplex unit is an ENERGY STAR Qualified new home, which means that according to the EPA, they are at least 15% more energy efficient standard homes, using substantially less energy for heating, cooling, water heating, lighting and appliances.  To ensure each home’s true efficiency and durability, all systems and features were manually tested by CHP staff who are Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) certified technicians and produced energy rating scores ranging from 72-74 on all units, thereby achieving the Energy Star® Rating.  

“Not only is there a need to provide affordable housing to the New River Valley, but there is also a need to provide housing that promotes a healthy en¬vironment and conserves energy and natural resources,” said Janaka Casper, CHP President and CEO.  “The Town of Blacksburg has been a valuable partner in this project, in that they are pro-active in increasing environmental consciousness in the New River Valley.  This award is also a recognition of their achievements.”

ENERGY STAR Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contribution to the construction of energy-efficient homes that benefit the environment, while providing homeowners with a quieter, more comfortable home, along with significant utility savings. Award winners are selected from over 9,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program. Last year alone, Americans with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved $14 billion on their energy bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 25 million vehicles.

"Partners like Community Housing Partners make it possible to offer the savings, comfort and durability of an ENERGY STAR home to everyone,” said Bill Wehrum, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. “We are proud of our partners’ efforts to bring energy efficiency to the communities where each saved dollar on energy bills is so important.”

About Community Housing Partners
Community Housing Partners (CHP) is a 501(c)(3) community development corporation that serves the needs of low-income and low-wealth individuals and families in the southeast.  Our mission is to strengthen communities and create opportunities for the people we serve by assisting individuals with their housing, economic and social needs.  Since 1975, CHP has served over 150,000 individuals and families, including elderly people, women and children in transition, formerly homeless people, single female heads-of-household, the chronically mentally ill, at-risk youth, and other families and individuals of low-income and low-wealth.  Our activities include sustainable development, architectural design, construction, energy services, homeownership, housing management, and resident and youth services. These efforts, in concert with public and private partnerships, help underserved communities, provide support for local economies, and expand strengths within our organization.

About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, the program offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 9,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
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