In January of 2007, the local builder’s exchange, in partnership with the Redding Redevelopment Agency, commissioned three local architects for a unique design project named AGREE Park. Each was to design a prototypical single family home to promote affordable, energy efficient alternatives within our community. For our part, Trilogy accepted the challenge of designing a home that was not only the most affordable possible, but that when complete would be eligible for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
The construction of the three homes was completed in early 2008, with the cost of our two-story 850 square foot house approximately $70,000.00, including everything but land purchase and site improvements. The two questions posed at the beginning of this project were as follows:
- Can affordable housing be energy efficient?
- Where do affordability and sustainability meet?
In other words, can an attractive home be built that solves the need for working-class entry level families and actually benefits the surrounding environment instead of taking from it?
We think the answer is yes.