240 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport
Elizabeth Torres, executive director
A Green Roof Over Their Heads
Green mission: Helps families with low to moderate incomes secure healthy, safe and affordable homes in the Bridgeport area
Seven years ago the city of Bridgeport was looking for a way to serve local residents by creating affordable housing opportunities, aid neighborhoods by finding a practical and needed use for infill lots, and improve the environment by increasing energy efficiency.
With the Holly Street Apartments project, all three goals were reached.
The first two-family home of the project, which is overseen by the Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust, has here been completed. The next one is scheduled for completion in September. The energy-efficient, environmentally conscious Â“green housesÂ” are generic tramadol first of 15 two-family units planned for construction over the next five years. The project has been LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Back in 2005, the city Â“charged the then executive director of BNT with developing a model buy ambien online home,Â” current Executive Director Liz Torres explains.
"They wanted to be sure we did two things. They wanted to develop a model, two-family home that could easily be constructed on infill lots,” she says. “The second idea was to ensure this home had features in it that would pay for itself over a five- to seven-year period.”
There also was a third goal: selling the homes to low-income families. After an aggressive marketing strategy, BNT has sold the model home to a six-person family. The parents are first-time homeowners who will gain rental income from the adjacent unit.
Targeted green features for the structures include low E/Argon-filled insulated windows; low-volatile organic compound paints, sealers, carpet and flooring; and Energy Star appliances, among others. The homes are being constructed to minimize potentially threatening greenhouse gas emissions; generate less landfill waste; and optimize water and energy conservation.
The first home, located at 128 Holly Street, cost $500,000 to construct. It sold for $199,000. The difference was covered through grants. Through cost-saving measures learned the first time around, about $75,000 should be saved when the next structure is built, says Torres.
“We learned, along with the developer and builder,” explains architect Regina Winters, “that there were trade-offs that could be made for the sake of economy, particularly in materials selection, that did not compromise the main goal of the project: to create a home that was energy-efficient and sensitive to the conservation of natural resources.”
Winters, a principal at Zared Enterprises in New Haven, says that the Holly Street home “demonstrates the need for programs that support sustainable design and development for moderate-income families. These are the families and individuals who stand to benefit the most from the reduction in energy consumption and costs that can be built right into residential design.” She adds that “Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust should be applauded for their foresight and commitment to this and projects like it.”
Three green two-family unitsper year will be built over five years in various city locations, according to the plan.
The project ties in with Bridgeport’s BGreen 2020 sustainability initiative, Torres notes.
“We want to create a city more environmentally friendly for its residents,” she says, adding, “We want the city of Bridgeport to be the greenest in the state.”
— Felicia Hunter
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