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Community Housing Partners Participates in First New River Valley Green Home Tour and Seminar

Blacksburg, Va. – The first of its kind in southwest Virginia, Community Housing Partners (CHP) joined local businesses and non-profits to create the New River Valley Green Home Tour and Seminar on April 28. This seminar on residential green building and tour of green homes for homebuyers, builders and community members.

CHP’s Chris Heslep, Operations Director of Energy Services, and Bill Beachy, VP of Energy Services, participated in the morning seminar focusing on sustainable design, residential energy topics, and financial considerations of green building.

CHP’s award winning Roanoke-Lee Street Duplex Project also appeared on the afternoon’s green homes tour. Attendees were invited to tour one of the 14-duplex units that serve as a model for blending affordable housing with green building. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) recently awarded CHP a 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 also has received one of seven 2007 Go Green awards from the James River Green Building Council (JRGBC).

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.