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Green Affordable Housing: Lessons Learned

GBCI: 0910000007

As part of our annual Greenprints Conference, this on-site tour will be given on the second day of the conference. Attendees will get to experience a hands-on level of knowledge of affordable green housing and multi-family residences.
Eligible for 1.5 CE HOURS.
  • 1.5 CE

Rating system: v4, v2009



Tour a leading example of when green infrastructure and city cooperation with various organizations generates benefits a local community. The Allen Wilson community and Oliver House are participating in Southface Energy Institute’s EarthCraft Communities™ and EarthCraft House Multifamily™ programs. EarthCraft energy features in Oliver House include; a 50 kWh photovoltaic (PV) solar power generation system; geo-thermal heating and cooling systems in the common areas coupled with geo-thermal water heating; rainwater harvesting for toilet flushing and landscape irrigation, spray foam insulation in all walls and attic spaces. Energy costs will be further reduced by incorporating green building practices including maximizing natural day lighting with thermally-efficient windows and ENERGY STAR appliances throughout. Bio swales are being incorporated into the design of the site to minimize storm water runoff. Crystal Stream fixtures are being used to purify storm water before it is allowed to move downstream. The overall Allen Wilson campus includes a one‐half mile paved walking trail to provide a place for residents to walk for exercise and to socialize outdoors. The project’s participation in the EarthCraft program helps ensure that tenants will enjoy low energy and water bills as well as excellent indoor air quality, bringing affordability and improved health to those who need it most.


  1. Attendees will tour a green multi-family building and gain an understanding of best practices for multiple units.
  2. Expose themselves to various energy saving technologies including, photovoltaic systems, geo-thermal heating and cooling systems, rain-water harvesting and spray foam insulation.
  3. Experience an open discussion with local Housing Authorities and create a discussion about building greener communities.
  4. Observe green site- management best practices including bio swales and stream purification filters.
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Chandra Farley

Program Manager, Nonprofit Energy & Water Efficiency Initiative Southface