Homeport Advisory: Green Building Announcement

Community Leaders to Participate in Columbus Housing Partnership Bus Tour of new and existing Affordable Housing Sites throughout Columbus 
North of Broad development to include environmentally-friendly homes in partnership with The City of Columbus and The Columbus Green Building Forum 

SPECIAL NOTE: Media may join the entire tour or at any of the individual tour stops listed below.  Video, photo and interview opportunities will be available at each stop.  Call Lou Venneri at 294-2322 to make arrangements. 

What:   A bus tour of five affordable housing sites in various stages of development, located throughout Columbus .  Sites include multifamily 3 and 4 bedroom units and townhouses, and new and renovated homes for sale or lease option. 

Who: 
More than 65 Community, Business and Government Leaders 
Amy D. Klaben, President /CEO, Columbus Housing Partnership 

North of Broad presentation about environmentally-friendly homes 
William Graves, Housing Administrator, Department of Development, City of Columbus 
Meera Parthasarathy, Founder and Coordinator, Columbus Green Building Forum 

When:   Wednesday, May 24, 2006 (Entire Tour: 9:00 a.m. – Noon) 

Where: 
9:00 am - Depart Columbus Housing Partnership (CHP), 562 E. Main Street , 43215 
9:05 am - Rich Street Walk Condominiums, 587 E. Rich Street , 43215 
9:10  am - North of Broad, Long St. and 21st Street ( Green Building Announcement) 
10:10  am - Urban Hollow Apartments, Augustus Drive 
10:30  am - The Crossing at Joyce, 24th Ave. near Joyce Ave. 
10:45  am - Framingham Village , 3333 Deserette 
12:00 pm - Return to CHP

Background: 
Columbus Housing Partnership is a private, nonprofit organization founded in the belief that a decent and affordable home is the cornerstone of family life and a healthy community. Columbus Housing Partnership provides quality, affordable housing and related services to low to moderate income households in Columbus and the surrounding area. Through its activities, CHP is a partner in building communities and enhancing the lives of its residents. 

By 2007, Columbus Housing Partnership, in partnership with The City of Columbus and The Columbus Green Building Forum, and with funding from NeighborWorks America and Home Depot, will create at North of Broad 4 new environmentally-friendly homes and will retrofit one existing home to meet mid-level environmental standards.  One of these homes, which will be only one of 36 across the country, will be built at the United States Council on Green Building's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standard, also called LEED Standard.   Green building is defined as a set of practices that significantly reduce or eliminate the environmental impact of buildings and increase occupant comfort and health in the following areas:  Sustainable site planning; Water quality and water efficiency; Energy efficiency and renewable energy; Conservation of materials and resources; and Indoor environmental quality.

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