The Chester County Commissioners awarded a Community Revitalization Program grant of $1,111,000 to the Borough of West Grove for improvements on, and surrounding, our 6.8 acre site at Willow Street and South Guernsey Road. These public improvements include construction of the storm water management system, storm sewer system, public water system, new street construction and widening of existing streets. Ryan Costello, Chair, Chester County Board of Commissioners, noted, “Since 2003, more than $3.7 million in Community Revitalization Programs funds have been invested in West Grove, for water system, storm sewer and streetscape improvements. This year’s grant of $1.1 million helps pave the way for the construction of 40 affordable homes in the Borough, and we thank Habitat for Humanity of Chester County and Borough officials for their commitment to investing in this very worthwhile project.”
In an effort to build more efficiently and save our future homeowners some money on their utility bills, HfHCC adopted several “green” strategies at the Cambria site in 2011. As a result, the homes at 416, 418, 420, 422, and 424 Community Lane, completed in 2012, are now officially certified as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council!
So what exactly does that certification mean? LEED certification provides independent, internationally recognized, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED-certified homes are:
· Built to be energy-efficient, ensuring that the home can be comfortably heated and cooled with minimal energy usage;
· Individually tested to minimize envelope and ductwork leakage;
· Designed to minimize indoor and outdoor water usage;
· Predicted to use an estimated 30 to 60% less energy than a comparable home built to International Energy Conservation Code.
By earning LEED certification on these Cambria homes, HfHCC has ensured that the homes are healthy places to live and even more affordable over time for the partner families who live in them!