'Green' homes coming to State College


STATE COLLEGE - New housing is coming to State College, and it's gaining a lot of attention with residents looking to buy a home.

"GreenBuild is an afforable housing project to build duplex homes with cost-effective green technology to help middle-income homeowners reduce energy costs over short and long terms," says the State College Community Land Trust.

GreenBuild homes are designed to be energy-efficient, using sustainable building materials, solar panels, water-efficient fixtures, and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems.

The house has the ability to create almost as much energy as a homeowner typically uses. Monthly energy costs are project to be no more than $15 per month.

Susan Venegoni, SCCLT Board president, noted, "The concept of moderately priced, energy-efficient homes has become a reality with GreenBuild. The success of GreenBuild was possible due to the dedication of our partners and collaborators and is a testament to the value of working together to address community needs. This has been a project several years in the making starting with brainstorming with the Penn State faculty and students. The community has been very responsive to our campaign to make this project a reality. Now, we're excited to see the design become reality and ready for new homeowners who want to live in the Borough of State College. Let's not stop here."

An invitation-only ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned May 18, 3 PM.

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