The Harmony Greene Townhome Apartments which achieved LEED for Homes Gold certification from the US Green Building Council earlier in 2013 are now as Earthcraft House and Community certified. www.earthcraft.org
[Established in 1999 by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface, EarthCraft is a green building certification program that serves Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. By addressing the factors that impact homes in this region, including high heat, humidity and temperature swings, EarthCraft serves as a blueprint for energy, water and resource-efficient single-family homes, multifamily structures, renovation projects, community developments and light-commercial buildings. To date, more than 25,000 EarthCraft homes, multifamily units and commercial buildings have been certified.]
The townhome apartments were the first project in the fast growing community of Pooler, GA (Outside Savannah, GA) to achieve any LEED certification. Trident Sustainability Group served as the LEED consultant for the project.
The 50 unit affordable housing project provides a showcase in sustainability. A community-wide geothermal heating and cooling system combined with efficient lighting and insulation provides extremely low utility bills. Water-efficient plumbing fixtures cut water use 40%, and low-VOC paints and finishes help occupants enjoy high indoor air quality. All stormwater is managed on site, and tree preservation and native landscaping surround the project, while a large community garden gives residents an opportunity to grow their own food.
“This project showcase’s both Parallel Housing and The Woda Group commitment to sustainability”, said Tommy Linstroth, Principal of Trident Sustainability Group. “By earning LEED Gold in affordable housing, and as well the Earthcraft House and community certification, the project makes quite a statement. With installing a community-wide geothermal loop shows the developers are willing to put their money where their mouth is.”
Harmony Greene was developed by Parallel Housing and The Woda Group. The architect for the project was Pimsler Hoss and the general contractor was Woda Construction.
Harmony Green is the second large project of sustainable affordable housing in the Greater Savannah area for which Trident Sustainability Group was responsible as LEED consultant.