Collaborative plans to build “The Green Cottages” in EcoVillage

(Plain Press, August 2007) Funding from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and the City of Cleveland Housing Trust Fund has been awarded for The Green Cottages, a new sustainable homeownership project of 5 single-family homes being developed in Detroit Shoreway’s EcoVillage neighborhood.

The Green Cottages feature design and building practices that minimize the homes’ impact on the environment and dramatically reduce the homeowners’ energy costs. Projected heating costs are $436 per year at current rates, according to an independent certified HERS (Home Energy Rating System) rater. Annual electric consumption is estimated at $370.

The Green Cottages incorporate several features that enhance accessibility, including wider doors and bathrooms to accommodate wheelchairs, open floor plans, and ramps from the driveways. The 3-bedroom model also features a master suite on the first floor.

The Green Cottages is a collaborative effort of non-profit organizations Cuyahoga Community Land Trust, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, Cleveland Green Building Coalition, and EcoCity Cleveland. The home design process began with the 2005-2006 Emerging Green Designers Symposium, a program of the Cleveland Green Building Coalition, and its challenge to develop an affordable green home.

 Funding from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency Housing Development Assistance Program and the City of Cleveland Housing Trust Fund allow these homes to be sold at prices substantially below market value. Income qualifications apply; subsidy level is dependent on buyer’s income.

Further information on the Green Cottages is available from the Cuyahoga Community Land Trust, 216-334-1620,  or its website, www.ccLandTrust.org/GreenCottages.

 

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