Renovating Low Income Housing in California to Near Net Zero Energy Consumption

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When renovating a home consider moving to net zero energy consumption

Net Zero Energy Consumption – (  Solar Thermal Magazine)

Affirmed Housing Group has announced that it now offers affordable homes with virtually net zero energy efficiency to over 60 individuals and families in Sonoma, California.

Sonoma Court is a 61-unit affordable housing development consisting of a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units offered to individuals and families earning 35-60% of San Diego County’s Area Median Income. Sonoma Court was constructed in 1978 and later purchased and renovated by Affirmed Housing Group in the late 1990s.  Affirmed began new renovations in the spring of 2014.

The not all of the renovations were your normal upgrades that contractors do everyday all over the US but including making the property more energy efficient with a goal to reach virtually net zero. The property now includes a solar photovoltaic system, central boiler system, highly-efficient heat pumps, energy star appliances, dual-pane windows, and a new roof with a high Solar Reflective Index (SRI), making it less costly to cool.

James Silverwood, President of Affirmed Housing Group, states,

One of Affirmed’s core values is sustainability.  We think it is important to apply our values not only in the homes we build from the ground up, but also to acquired and long-held properties in our portfolio, such as Sonoma Court.  With the renovations we just completed, we expect that residents of Sonoma Court will start seeing utility bills in the range of $3 to $5 per month.  Sonoma Court is a prime example of how sustainable enhancements are not only good for our planet, but also for its people.

Headquartered in San Diego, Affirmed Housing Group is dedicated to improving and sustaining the viability of California through the development of affordable housing.

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About Gordon Smith
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.

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