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The New Model for Affordable Housing | Green Building and Design

The New Model for Affordable Housing | Green Building and Design

On a completely flat, 4.2-acre parcel of silt devoid of trees just half a mile from the busiest international port of entry along the US-Mexico border is an unusual site, and one that will prove to be quite historical: the location of the first-ever net-zero public-housing community in the nation. In the intense sun and wind of the Chihuahuan Desert, the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) transformed a vacant, 46-unit lot into the Paisano Green Community, a 73-unit, net-zero community that uses zero fossil fuels. Gerald Cichon, CEO of HACEP, is optimistic that the project will receive its LEED Platinum certification and become Enterprise Green Community-certified. Using passive solar strategies for the hot, arid site in El Paso, TX, Paisano will be so efficient that some residents will pay as little as $8 in utility bills per year. Many of the Paisano Green C...

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