POSTED: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 10:49am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 10:42am
It could be the new way homes are built here in Brownsville; eco friendly homes that are good for the environment and are affordable for those eager to own a home of their own.
They look quite a bit different from the other homes on the street, and the difference lies in more than just the structure's design.
The homes, built by the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville, a nonprofit, and the Youthbuild program, are eco friendly, totally green homes that are very reasonably priced.
"We have a lot of population of low income folks in the Rio Grande Valley and these folks want to live in homes they can afford to live in, but afford to buy," says CDCB, Executive Director, Nick Mitchell-Bennet.
We took at tour of one of the homes off of Westwind. Once inside the home, its looks like any other newly built freshly painted home. However, this house uses non toxic paints and glues, recycled floors and counter tops, and includes an air conditioning system that recycles filtered air more efficiently. Everything from the doors to the light bulbs in this house are intended to reduce the carbon footprint homeowners will leave behind. It's all part of the Leadership in Energy and Efficiency Design, also referred to as "LEED Homes".
A 1,350 sq foot home costs about 93-thousand dollars. It's also expected to save homeowners between about 20-30% in utility costs.
Mitchell-Bennet says the model home off of Westwind was a learning process for everyone involved. It took about one year to build, but now that the most efficient materials and green building techniques are used, crews can build these types of homes in about three months.
As of now several others are going up across the city, the hope is this new type of home becomes the norm in the RGV.
For more information on these eco friendly homes contact the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville at 956-541-4955.