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The Idea
The Union County Housing Authority Energy Efficient Housing Program seeks to reduce utility costs as a way to make homes affordable and sustainable. UCHA's goal for the Energy Efficient Housing Program is to produce affordable model housing in Union County that is highly energy efficient, uses current technology while employing a collaborative design process, and documenting it for the purpose of sharing the experience.

The Union County Housing Authority received a $500,000 HOME grant from the Department of Community & Economic Development to construct an energy efficient duplex house and to retrofit two existing homes with energy saving improvements. These homes will be constructed or acquired and rehabilitated for purchase by income eligible, “Prime Time” home buyers. A Prime Time homebuyer is someone age 55 or older, and an income eligible purchaser is someone or family that earns less than 80% of the area median income (currently $33,150 for a single person; $37,900 for a couple.)

Advisory group
An advisory team was formed and included professionals, educators, and lay persons who have energy efficient housing experience and enthusiasm. The advisory team members helped to create the Market Street duplex. In addition to the home design, they served as advisors which helped in the selection of bid proposals, construction materials, energy efficiency specifications, and all aspects of the home plans.

A design charrette was held at Bucknell University on June 18, 2009.  Professionals representing architects, builders, and those interested in energy issues from the local community and statewide provided a wealth of experience and ideas.

Charrette Report_August 2009.pdf