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Another Award Goes To Charleston Housing Authority For Its "Green" Housing Site
7/3/2013 1:06:25 PM

Mr. Henry Williams (L), Chairman of the Board of the Housing Authority of the City of Charleston and Mr. Donald Cameron (R), Housing Authority President/CEO, display the SERC-NAHRO 2013 Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing Design.

At its annual conference held June 23 – 25, 2013 in Atlanta, GA, members of the Southeastern Regional Council and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (SERC – NAHRO) presented its 2013 Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing Design to The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston (CHA) for the construction/renovation of a series of units using “green” technology as a means of conserving energy and protecting the environment. 

The 12-unit housing complex situated at 44 Reid St. on the Charleston peninsula, eight units of which were new construction, was completed with the use of a Green Development Plan and was funded by way of a $3.2M Capital Fund Recovery Grant. The installation of solar panels, tankless water heaters, Energy Star appliances, low-flow toilets and showerheads, and the use of permeable material in the construction of walkways and parking areas are but a few of the ways the cutting-edge green technology used will serve to benefit not only those in residence, but the entire citizenry of Charleston as well. 

The subject-units are no stranger to having awards bestowed upon them. The four pre-existing units at the Reid St. site were a part of CHA’s scattered infill housing program for which they received the Presidential Design Award from Ronald Reagan in 1985. CHA also received the NAHRO Merit Award for Design Excellence following the construction of eight additional units at the same site in 2012. 

A 24-month assessment currently being done will gauge the overall effectiveness of the methods and materials used, with the potential for their use on future projects in-mind.

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