Study Reveals That Builders Of Hope’s Model For Affordable Housing Is Nearly Twice As Energy Efficient As New Home Construction

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North Carolina State University Life Cycle Assessment finds Builders of Hope’s “Extreme Green Rehabilitation” approach to housing generates 19.3 fewer tons of carbon dioxide per housing unit.

Builders of Hope provides safe, affordable housing to working families through a comprehensive model that incorporates economic benefits, environmental stewardship and social solutions.

Home recycling...[is a] critical component to the lasting sustainable revitalization efforts in any urban neighborhood,” said Nancy Welsh, Builders of Hope. “The study found our methods of construction defer more than 19 tons of carbon dioxide per house.

Builders of Hope, a Raleigh-based non-profit that rehabs houses into environmentally conscious affordable housing, today announced the results of a North Carolina State University study. The study reveals that the organization’s innovative “Extreme Green Rehabilitation” model impacts the environment half as much as building homes using traditional new home construction methods.

“Home recycling and our ‘Extreme Green Rehabilitation’ model are not only economically viable solutions to the affordable housing crisis, they are critical components to the lasting sustainable revitalization efforts in any urban neighborhood,” stated Nancy Welsh, founder and CEO, Builders of Hope. “The study found that our methods of construction defer more than 19 tons of carbon dioxide from being emitted per house. Just think how that adds up when you’re rebuilding entire neighborhoods in states across the country.”

Revitalizing Communities Through Affordable Housing
“Extreme Green Remodeling” transforms vacant and foreclosed houses into beautiful affordable homes with health- and environmentally conscious materials and practices. The rehab process essentially creates new structures out of existing framing and interiors. It includes moving rescued houses into new, clustered communities designed with architectural continuity or leaving them as anchors to help revitalize existing neighborhoods.

“We have a greater number of houses sitting vacant than we’ve had in decades and more individuals and families in need of healthy affordable housing than ever before,” continued Welsh. “The success of our communities is being nationally heralded as a universal solution to the housing crisis facing many of our nation’s cities.”

Through a Life Cycle Assessment of the environmental impact of the Builders of Hope method versus traditional residential construction, North Carolina State University researchers discovered that compared to traditional construction methods – which create a carbon dioxide equivalent (CDE) of 44.9 tons for the size house studied – only 25.6 tons CDE is created during the Builders of Hope rehab process. The findings point out the main difference in environmental impact between Builders of Hope’s model of salvaging materials and transporting salvaged structures to new building sites versus new construction.

Re-building Hope One House At A Time
Every year the wrecking ball sends more than 250,000 homes to landfills throughout the nation. Builders of Hope founder Nancy Welsh recognized this practice was not only responsible for filling landfills beyond capacity, but was also contributing to the lack of safe, quality affordable housing. In 2006, she founded the organization with the mission to rescue and transform tear-down homes into premium, affordable green housing.

Most reclaimed homes are built between the 1930s and ’60s and loaded with valuable features such as wood flooring, solid-surface countertops, crown molding and built-ins. Nearly 70 percent of the existing structure is saved. The rehabbed homes are outfitted with modern HVAC systems, plumbing, electrical work and siding. Builders of Hope also installs double-pane windows and new roofs, and improves insulation to increase the structure’s energy efficiency.

About Builders of Hope
Since 2006, the Raleigh-based non-profit Builders of Hope has rebuilt homes and lives by providing safe, affordable housing to working families. Builders of Hope is working with officials throughout the country to forever change the face of affordable housing through its “Extreme Green Rehabilitation” approach to residential construction. The organization and its innovative model received an award from the National Housing Conference for “Pioneering Housing Strategies.” Builders of Hope has major development projects underway in Raleigh, Fuquay-Varina and Charlotte, N.C. It recently established affiliates in New Orleans, La. and Dallas, Texas with a model that can be easily expanded to states throughout the nation.

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