Redefining affordable housing in the 21st century is no easy task – but that is what is attempted at Sustainable Fellwood. Sustainable Fellwood is located just minutes from Historic Downtown Savannnah, and is a 27 acre mixed-use, mixed-income sustainable affordable housing development. The entire project earned LEED ND Stage 2 Silver certification from the USGBC in June 2009, and each of the 11 buildings in Phase 1 received LEED H Gold and EarthCraft Home certification in December 2009. The 9 buildings in Phase 2 earned LEED H Gold in March 2012, while the 100 unit Phase 3 building received LEED H Platinum certification in May 2012 and features one of the largest solar arrays in the region (85kw).
Habitat for Humanity Cuyler-Brownsville House
The Habitat for Humanity Cuyler-Brownsville House is a showcase in affordable green design. Built primarily by colunteers, this project is targeting LEED for Homes Silver certification. The project is on track to cut energy consumption enarlyt 305 through the use of fluorescent lighting, a high-efficiency HVAC heat pump, spray foam insulation, and an ERV for vetilation. Low-emitting products were used throughout construction, including paints, sealants and adhesives. Water use was cut 30% through the use of very high efficiency showerheads, bathroom faucets and toilets.
The home is centrally located and within easy walking distance to mass transit, community resources, and parks. The native landscaping will require no watering and little maintenance, while the concrete driveway reflects heat and provides long-lasting, durable support.
Hitch Village is a 26 acre redevelopment of some of Savannah’s earliest public housing that is being transformed into Savannah’s newest mixed-use, mixed-income sustainable community.