The definition of Affordable Housing changes with each metropolitan area because the term “Affordable Housing” is tied to median income. What may be termed affordable in Toledo, Ohio is vastly different from what may be termed affordable in San Francisco. For our purposes we’ll define affordable as housing that a median income earning household can afford to purchase, pay for utilities and upkeep, and still have sufficient money left over for other necessities. HUD’s definition of Affordable Housing can be found here http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/comm_planning/affordablehousing/
EPP’s focus on affordable housing has its roots in being involved from inception to completion in a 42 single family home project call “Legacy” that was completed in 2014 by NeighborWorks Toledo Region in Toledo, Ohio. This project, using 5 basic designs by Stuart Cline of Thomas Porter Architects, achieved an average HERS score of 43. These homes were in-fill within an old Toledo neighborhood designed to fit seamlessly into the architectural features of the existing area. They were also designed to have a very small environmental footprint. An important component of Affordable Housing is the costs of utilities needed to maintain affordable comfort. The Legacy project home’s utility costs are a fraction of their neighbor’s costs. Legacy II will be designed to be Zero Energy Ready Homes. Yes, affordable and Zero Energy Ready.
We can help you design and implement any affordable housing project in any stage you may have. We can help conceptualize, design, inspect, and test any project with any required certifications, anywhere.