|Sustainably Low-Cost Housing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Wed, 26 May 2010 05:04:44 -0700 (PDT)|
Adam Cohen <acohen [at] structuresdb.com> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> after adding missing subject line. -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- In response to: Sharon Villines to Cohousing-L show details May 22 (3 days ago) I changed the name of this thread from "Strategy for Affordable Housing" to "Sustainably Low-Cost Housing" for two reasons: My group Passiv Structures is a triple bottom line company dedicated to bringing ultra low energy homes to market at virtual parity with standard construction. We are in the second phase of a five phase six year business plan. We have single family prototype buildings that can be completed for 90-100 dollars per sq ft and multi family buildings that can be completed for less then that. These buildings use Passivhaus design as their basis and use a minimum 70% less energy then current energy code. I will be giving a talk on the basics of Passivhaus and would love to discuss our groups goals of providing affordable sustainable construction for all. Sharon, A triple bottom line company is one that emphasizes people, planet and profit in it's business plan. In our company, for example, we have a 1:4 max salary spread, meaning the difference between the lowest and highest earners in the company cannot have more than that 1:4 difference. Also, we put aside 10% of net profits for low income subsidies of our buildings. That is part of the people part. The planet part is that our product reduces greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 90% compared to conventional construction. The profit part is, well profit. Our web site is currently under development. It is not scheduled to be unveiled until the beginning of phase 3 of our business plan. We are currently in phase 2 of a 5 phase 6 year business plan to deliver our product. Phase 1 was educations, certifications, research and design. Phase 2 is prototype construction and performance monitoring. We are currently working on our first prototype buildings. We are actively both building affordable plans on spec and trying to find clients who want to be first adopters. Our long term goal is to demonstrate that ultra high performance buildings are both practical and affordable. It is our firm belief that to make any sort of change relevant in this country we need the building codes to adopt the performance standards that the EU is using and it is our goal to show that is doable! -- Adam Cohen Certified Passivhaus Consultant, LEED AP, NAHB Green Professional Structures Design/Build, LLC 5104 Bernard Drive Roanoke, VA 24018 Web site: www.structuresdb.com Check out my Blog: http://zeroenergyconstruction.blogspot.com/ 540.774.4800 (office) 540.989.7062 (fax)
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