Tour a Prototype Sustainable Accessory Dwelling Unit, Designed to Combat High Housing Costs, in Richmond, Calif. on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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The sustainable accessory dwelling unit (ADU) prototype is a small unit designed to address the housing crisis both in terms of cost, space and buildability. It will be open to the public for tours on Sept. 30, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Hard-working families are negatively impacted by housing costs in California. Accessory dwelling units are an affordable solution that can quickly add thousands of low cost units to the market. -Michelle Thimesch, Founder and CEO, East Bay Revitalization

East Bay Revitalization Inc. (EBR), is hosting tours of a sustainable accessory dwelling unit (ADU) prototype on Friday, September 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 849 8th Street in Richmond, Calif.

Similar to a “tiny house,” this model is a small unit designed to address the housing crisis both in terms of cost, space and buildability. All the major components are manufactured in the United States.

East Bay Revitalization is a non-profit organization that is incubating small business start-ups in marginalized areas and developing co-work and living spaces.

The home on 8th Street is constructed using innovative technology that embeds steel framing within an EPS Foam core. This is the first building of its kind in the entire Bay Area. The use of this method of construction makes the home significantly more energy efficient than traditional construction methods. In addition, construction is not reliant on Portland cement, a well-known greenhouse gas producer or wood framed construction that causes massive deforestation and is vulnerable to pest infestation and dry rot.

The guided tour, open to the public provides attendees with an up-close look at an affordable solution designed to combat the high cost of housing.

“Hard-working families are negatively impacted by housing costs in California,” says Michelle Thimesch, founder and CEO of East Bay Revitalization. “Accessory dwelling units are an affordable solution that can quickly add thousands of low cost units to the market.”

With the recent passage of California State Assembly Bill 1069, which eliminates unnecessary barriers that would have prevented the construction of ADUs, there is increased opportunity for EBR to partner with Bay Area Note Group, LLC (BANG) to build high quality and sustainable housing and co-work spaces to incubate small business start-ups in marginalized areas.

"The severe scarcity of moderately priced houses in the Bay Area has left limited options for working families," says Doris Mason, incoming president of the Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council. " "The best way build community is to be the change we want to see, which embodies EBR's efforts to work toward increasing the supply of affordable homes and bring economic vibrancy to the Iron Triangle."

“The future expectation is that people will be able to live near their work and have time to engage in their communities.” says Thimesch

To RSVP to the Sept. 30 tour, please email info(at)eastbayrevitalization(dot)org.

ABOUT EAST BAY REVITALIZATION INC.
East Bay Revitalization, Inc. is committed to revitalizing struggling communities by increasing entrepreneurship opportunities for existing residents and providing them access to quality, affordable housing. Through small business incubation that includes access to funding, and innovative and sustainable affordable housing development, EBR is working to create an environment where people can thrive.

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