Columbia County Housing Authority & LaSalle Street Homes
The name of this home model is called “The Bridge” because it is a home design that is designed for the present and is used to bridge the gap between now and the time when renewable energy is more affordable. The focus is on implementing proven, readily available technologies and strategies to improve both the durability and energy performance while keeping economy in mind and making sure the upgrades won’t price the home too high to sell. A study conducted by NAHB in 2013 named “What Homebuyers Really Want” points out that the majority of potential homebuyers consider energy efficiency in a home very important, but most are not willing to pay significantly more for the upgrades.
Adaptability is a key theme throughout the design. The idea is to keep the home small and energy efficient such that a potential homeowner could afford to purchase the home and operate it. In the future as the income level of the occupant grow so can the home.
This home is powered by natural gas. Natural gas is currently in abundant supply and will be for years to come. The home is designed to be adapted to lots that have access to natural gas, which we expect should grow in the upcoming years.
Particular attention was paid to key items in the design such as indoor air quality and economical mechanical systems. Together the sum of the parts have led to a high performance design that should be salable, comfortable, affordable, durable as well as energy efficient.