Trident Sustainability Group Announces Affordable Community Earthcraft House and Community Certified
- Jun 05, 2013
Pooler, Ga.—The Harmony Green Townhome Apartments, located in Pooler, Ga., are now Earthcraft House and Community certified, according to Trident Sustainability Group, the LEED consultant for the project. The affordable community, which was developed by Parallel Housing and The Woda Group, achieved LEED for Home Gold certification earlier in the year.
“Harmony Green is a great regional example of what can happen when developers are committed to green from the beginning,” Tommy Linstroth, principal of Trident Sustainability Group, tells MHN. “We were able to work with Woda and Parallel Housing to make sure they met their sustainability goals on time and budget, which in the world of affordable housing, is the only way to do it or you won’t be in business long. Since this was an affordable housing project, we had a huge emphasis on energy savings, which directly translates into more money in the tenants’ pockets. While that is important for every project, it is doubly so in affordable housing, and that was where some of the cutting-edge features like the community geothermal loop come into play.”
In addition to geothermal heating, green elements in the 50-unit community include efficient lighting and insulation, water-efficient plumbing fixtures and low-VOC paints. Additionally, storm water is managed on site.
Harmony Green also features many amenities for residents.
“The property features a community wide geothermal loop for HVAC, as well as a large community garden, ample preserved free space and wetlands, all accessible via a pedestrian trail throughout the property,” Linstroth says. “There is a tot lot for the kids and a barbecue area for family cookouts. The community center features computers, books, games and meeting space as well.”