A New York Success Story

March/April 2003
A version of this article appears in the March/April 2003 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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March 01, 2003
Value engineering allows a development of 30 affordable three-family homes to meet Energy Star standards.
        Typically, affordable housing in New York City is built to be affordable only in terms of the first cost, making maintenance and energy costs a burden to first-time home buyers, cooperators, and not-for-profit organizations that own or manage such buildings. Melrose Commons II, a oneblock grouping of 30 beautiful, highly energy-efficient owner-occupied threefamily homes, is breaking that mold.         Melrose Commons II began as a challenge that the New York City Partnership set itself in 2000: Could an affordable housing developer, with the assistance of industry professionals, build high-performance affordable housing in New York City that met Energy Star standards? Within two years—with the assistance of banks, government, and a highly motivated developer—that question has been answered with a resounding yes. Melrose Commons II homes are constructed from recycled products and low-toxicity materials and have Energy Star lighting and appliances throughout. Designed for the first-time home buyer, these are the first affordable Energy Star three-family homes in New York State.         These townhouse dwellings total 4,400 ft2 for three units.The basement and the first full floor, as well as half of the ...

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