Our featured property is the Forrest Greene community, now ready for occupancy.
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, this was the only “green” grant awarded in North Carolina, providing $7.2 million to renovate 68 units of housing.
These dollars were encumbered and expended ahead of schedule and created much-needed jobs in Wilson while delivering a state-of-the-art model for sustainable renovation of affordable housing, notable for the following features:
- Geothermal heating and cooling units resulting in the reduction of power consumption needed to heat or cool by up to 70 percent. This technology takes advantage of the Earth’s constant temperature of about 55 degrees to help heat or cool the home depending on the season;
- Solar panels on the community gazebos will power the community lighting needs, power community wells for garden irrigation, and any excess power generated will be sold back to the municipal power company.
- We have installed underground cisterns that collect rainwater, which is then used to irrigate the community garden areas that have been constructed, giving our residents an area to grow a portion of their food;
- Lighting fixtures and appliances are all Energy Star rated; and the use of pervious concrete and a limited number of driveways to minimize runoff from the site.