Colorado Builds Low Income Eco Housing


Boulder County, Colorado built three eco-friendly homes last year for low-income families and plans to break ground as early as this summer on a 153-unit, mixed-income project.

The first three units were factory-built by All American Homes, a modular builder. They arrived in 13 huge boxes or modules, finished with wood floors, countertops and cabinets, which were pieced together like Legos.

They have solar panels, Icynene foam insulation, Energy Star appliances, low-E Visions 2000 windows, an energy recovery ventilator for air exhange and a prefabricated Insulated Concrete Foundation, known as ICF. Two-thirds of the new units, to be built in Lafayette, Colo., will be available to residents with limited incomes. They will be certified by both Green Communities and the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.