NRHA Marks Earth Day with New Earthcraft Homes

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Kelly R. Williams

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Tue, 07/01/2008

Norfolk, VA (July 1, 2008) – In recognition of Earth Day on April 22, Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) announces that 27 EarthCraft residences will be under construction later this year at a new development encompassing nearly three acres in the 1500 block of Church Street (former Brewery site).

EarthCraft is the highest residential green-building standard endorsed by the Virginia
Sustainable Building Network.

EarthCraft certified homes have higher energy efficiency and indoor air quality standards, cost less to maintain and are more durable than standard constructed homes. The EarthCraft House Program began as a partnership between Southface Energy Institute and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association in 1999 and became a statewide program in Virginia in 2005.

“The commitment of our builders, Howerin Construction and Associated Contracting
Services (ACS), to EarthCraft construction puts them at the forefront of the greenbuilding movement,” said NRHA Executive Director, Shurl Montgomery.

The two and three bedroom mixed-income townhouses will be complementary in design to those located in Broad Creek and East Church. Infrastructure work at the site has already begun and home construction should commence in the fall.

Photo: Townhouses at East Church Opened in October 2007.

“ACS has a history of providing quality housing solutions in Hampton Roads. We continue to expand and improve as new technologies emerge and we are pleased to produce green homes that are affordable for residents,” said J. Kenneth Jolley, Associated Contracting Services President.

“Howerin Construction is a family owned and run company and we know that
incorporating green building uses into our projects provides great benefits not only to the families who inhabit these homes, but for the environment and future as well,” said Robert Howerin, President.

ACS was the builder of NRHA’s first “green” house constructed in the Berkley section of Norfolk last year, which also met EarthCraft certification. Last year also saw the first multi-family construction project in Hampton Roads to receive Energy Star designation at NRHA’s 44-acre assisted rental apartment property, Grandy Village. Energy Star is the federal government’s highest energy conservation rating. Montgomery pointed out that the new townhouse development further advances NRHA’s mission of creating quality housing opportunities that foster sustainable mixed-income communities.

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Founded in 1940, NRHA is a national leader in community revitalization and fostering sustainable mixed-income communities. As the largest redevelopment and housing authority in Virginia, NRHA plays a key role in making Norfolk the city of choice to build, work, live and play.

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