A home that demonstrates sustainable and affordable revitalization will be open to the public May 8 through 14 as part of the Parade of Homes sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Lincoln. Mayor Chris Beutler's Cleaner Greener Lincoln initiative will host the open house at 901 Garfield Street from 1 to 6 p.m. weekends and 6 to 9 p.m. during the week.
Project partners are the Housing Rehabilitation Program of the City Urban Development Department; Black Hills Energy; the Lincoln Electric System; the Nebraska Department of Economic Development; Green Built Projects; and Skyline Homes.
Urban Development purchased the property with federal grant funds from the Neighborhood Stabilitization Program. The previous home was torn down, and builders recycled as much material as possible, including drywall, piping and windows. The new home is "Certified Green," by the National Association of Homebuilders and has a "5-Star ENERGY STAR" rating. Features include:
Black Hills representative Greg Shinaut said the sustainable design will save $840 every year on natural gas energy bills compared to the former house at the site. Skyline Homes owner Ken Inness said the home helps revitalize a low-income neighborhood. "I think the best thing you can do for a low- to moderate-income buyer is to build a sustainable home because they'll save money for years and years to come," he said.