A major contributor and partner is West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF). SCCLT has been awarded a $100,000 grant and a $350,000 construction loan from WPPSEF. Other key partners are the Borough of State College, the Penn State Hamer Center for Community Design/Energy Efficient Housing Research Group, Centre County Government, and S&T Bank.
Joel Morrison, Director of West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund, said “Our financial support will help this community to showcase the benefits from a project that began when SCCLT met with the Penn State Hamer Center and challenged the architecture and engineering students to form a team to compete in the 2015 US Department of Energy (DOE) Race to Zero Student Design Competition. This competition challenges and inspires the next generation of building science professionals to design an affordable, net zero energy home that meets DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home guidelines.
“By definition, these high-performance homes are so energy-efficient that renewable power can offset most or all of the annual energy consumption,” he said. “This program will foster existing and future collaboration with university architectural and engineering students to deploy high performance construction practices in their local communities. We are proud to pioneer this new GreenBuild initiative along with State College Community Land Trust to provide affordable, high performance housing.”
Susan Venegoni, SCCLT president, said, “Project funding from WPPSEF enables our Land Trust to expand affordable housing to middle-income households in the Borough of State College. For 20 years, the SCCLT has focused on increasing housing opportunities for low to moderate-income households. Through our GreenBuild project, we will be able to help two middle-income individuals or families to buy a Land Trust home and lower their overall housing costs by reducing energy costs.”
Envinity, Inc. of State College has been selected to construct the duplex and will partner with Henry Architecture & Design, and Macht Architecture. GreenBuild will benefit not only the people who own the homes, but also will serve as a model for builders, developers, architects and individual homeowners seeking new ways to reduce energy costs.
Peg Hambrick, chair of the GreenBuild Project, said: “As a model project, GreenBuild will provide valuable insight into ways to lower the costs of home ownership over the long term. In a community that already has a shortage of affordable housing, the SCCLT will eliminate another barrier to home ownership by reducing the energy cost burden. We are proud to welcome WPPSEF as a key partner in this town-gown collaboration to address one of our community’s most well-known challenges: affordable housing.”
If you are interested in GreenBuild and other affordable home ownership opportunities in State College Borough, contact the SCCLT office at 814-867-0656 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our web site is www.scclandtrust.org
The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF) is a nonprofit organization that invests in the deployment of sustainable energy technologies that benefit West Penn Power ratepayers in Pennsylvania. Visit http://www.wppsef.org for further information.
WPPSEF Director Joel Morrison & SCCLT Executive Director Colleen Ritter