Decatur Housing Authority wins EarthCraft award

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 5, 2014
From the Left Don Dressel, Development Program Manager Mary Beth Hemenway – Hemenway Construction, Construction Inspector Cynthia Colbert – DHA Property Management Division Douglas S. Faust – DHA Executive Director Colin Edelstein, NorSouth Construction (GC for Phases II and III) Rick Rodman, Catamount Constructors (GC for Phase I) Marc Holland – Jordan & Skala Engineers, Inc (Mechanical Engineer for All Three Phases)

From the Left Don Dressel, Development Program Manager
Mary Beth Hemenway – Hemenway Construction, Construction Inspector
Cynthia Colbert – DHA Property Management Division
Douglas S. Faust – DHA Executive Director Colin Edelstein, NorSouth Construction (GC for Phases II and III)
Rick Rodman, Catamount Constructors (GC for Phase I)
                                   Marc Holland – Jordan & Skala Engineers, Inc (Mechanical Engineer for All Three Phases) –                                        Photo provided by the Decatur Housing Authority

The Decatur Housing Authority’s Allen Wilson Terrace has picked up an award for its energy-efficient construction and design

Allen Wilson was named the 2014 EarthCraft Community of the Year. EarthCraft provides “green” certifications for buildings

“The three-phase redevelopment at 1450 Commerce Drive in the heart of Decatur, includes 191 units of high-quality, environmentally friendly housing for low-income families and seniors, along with onsite amenities such as an equipped playground, a community garden, laundry facility and half-mile landscaped walking trail,” EarthCraft said in a press release announcing the award.

According to EarthCraft, the energy-efficient features of the 191 unit development include:

– 1.28 gallon-per-flush toilets

– Low-flow showerheads and faucets

– High-efficiency Energy Star appliances

– High-efficiency HVAC in each unit

– Spray foam insulation in all walls and attic spaces

– Huber Zip weather-resistant barrier on all existing walls

– Low-VOC paints and carpets

– Formaldehyde-free kitchen and bath cabinetry

– Landscaped greenspaces throughout the complex

– Ongoing green practices for future management and maintenance of units

DHA Executive Director Doug Faust said, “The Decatur Housing Authority (DHA) and its Board of Commissioners was very pleased to receive recognition for the Allen Wilson Revitalization.”

Faust said the development has met the goals established for the project. Faust said the development also …

– Retained 191 of the 200 units of affordable housing

– Only moved 40 residents off-site during construction and the families were given the option of returning to the community when the project was completed

– Provided 80 units of housing for seniors

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Congratulation. Another way of looking at so called green improvements is that it costs a lot of green to complete. Green spending is all well and good for private homeowners who make a decision based on what they can afford to spend. But the extra spending on Allen Wilson, the Oliver House and other buildings comes from the taxpayer. I would be much more impressed if the DHA wins the “Careful Spending” award from the Decatur Taxpayer League. I don’t expect this to happen soon but there are (yard) signs that point in that direction.
    But this is just my opinion. Most people in Decatur get all warm and fuzzy when our governments spend money on green buildings, bike lanes, weed eating goats, European educational programs, and racial and gender set asides. It makes Decatur sense. But the people of Georgia expect more common sense from government and the election results reflect this.

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