High Point “green rental” milestone, with celebration tonight

See the solar panels on the roof of this High Point duplex (on 30th west of Morgan)? During a media tour this morning, we learned about one unit in that duplex that’s involved in a pilot program — the only HP rental with solar hot-water heat, and today was a prime day to show it off:

It’s an “on-demand” water-heating system also linked into the 3-bedroom unit’s main heating system. During the media tour (also attended by two TV stations, one radio station, and the Daily Journal of Commerce and Voice newspapers), the Seattle Housing Authority showed off this unit — here’s some of what SHA’s HP manager Tom Phillips had to say:

The tour also peeked into a nearby “Breathe Easy” unit specially geared to help asthmatics or reduce the incidence of the disease – note there are no steps leading up to this home’s porch, one of the ways in which it’s built to assist those with difficulty breathing:

This morning’s tour was offered in advance of an event tonight, with dignitaries to include Mayor Nickels and County Council Chair Dow Constantine, 5-7 pm, celebrating the completion of phase two of High Point’s rental housing — 600 units, which SHA estimates are about 85% rented (work on the last few units is just finishing up now; 60 of the 600 are “Breathe Easy” units, by the way). You’re invited to tonight’s event – more info here.

FROM TUESDAY EVENING: Two photos from the evening event held at the duplex with the solar panels – here’s the mayor in the room with the water heater:

And here’s the crowd in the front yard, with the big tree that project managers say makes the site even greener, in a variety of ways:

2 Replies to "High Point "green rental" milestone, with celebration tonight"

  • Wendy Hughes-Jelen April 21, 2009 (2:01 pm)

    I’ve been promoting this event in my meetup group, I am psyched to see the floor plans since I walk by so many of these homes every day with Sophia (CityDog Magazine’s current cover dog). As a real estate agent I love floorplans – especially smart ones.

    Well, and the green features of course. But I talk about THAT all the time.

    Hope to see lots of people there. FREE FOOD.

  • WSB April 21, 2009 (2:17 pm)

    I’m adding a little video – had to bug out of the tour before getting a full look at the Breathe Easy house – what a BEAUTIFUL morning it was, as if they custom-ordered it for promoting solar heat, which might have been a punchline if it had been raining … TR

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