N.C. Nonprofit Organization Wins National Green Certification

Affordable Housing Management Inc. has been named a 2011 NAHB Research Center Green Partner of the Year.

Greensboro, N.C.—Affordable Housing Management Inc. (AHM) has been named a 2011 NAHB Research Center Green Partner of the Year for its outstanding contributions to advancing green building in the Greensboro area and commitment to voluntary, market-driven, third-party certification of high-performance homes.

AHM’s commitment to creating benefits for its residents, its community, and the environment is what originally attracted the organization to the National Green Building Standard rating system and third-party certification by the NAHB Research Center. AHM had four renovated buildings Green Certified to the Emerald level, their highest possible certification level, in 2011.

AHM has just completed an extensive renovation of Laurence Manor, a 32-unit apartment complex located at 2300 Juliet Place, Greensboro, N.C. The renovation corrected old inefficient apartment construction with modern energy efficient building components such as Energy Star rated windows and doors, appliances, light fixtures, low-flow faucets, insulation, air sealing, and HVAC. The Laurence Manor renovation is in the process of obtaining third-party certification by the NAHB Research Center to the National Green Building Standard (NGBS).

The financial restructure also included a new twenty-year federal Housing Assistance Contract from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that ensures the residents’ ability to remain in and enjoy their renovated apartments at the same affordable rent they had been paying before the renovations.

Permanent financing was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, through its Office of Affordable Housing Preservation’s Mark to Market program, and by the City of Greensboro’s federal HOME Program and Better-Buildings energy efficiency funds. General Contractor for the project was Weaver Cooke Construction.

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