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City to offer tours of Roxbury energy positive homes

Posted by Patrick Rosso  April 3, 2013 12:28 PM

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(Rendering courtesy Urbanica Inc.)


A rendering of the Highland Street units currently under construction.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority is inviting the public to tour energy-positive homes under construction in Roxbury.

The homes, which aim to produce more electric power than they consume, will use a variety of technologies to achieve the "green" standard, including solar panels, energy-efficient windows, and green roofs, according to the Boston Globe.

Those interested in the project are encouraged to attend the BRA and Department of Neighborhood Development's Open Wall Tour of the buildings Sat., Apr. 6, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at 226-232 Highland St.

Part of Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s E+ Green Building Program, the first-round of structures on Highland Street broke ground in October. Once completed by developer Urbanica Inc., they are expected to provide four-units of housing in a row-house style building.

Each unit, expected to be LEED certified Platinum, is a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath structure that features one off-street parking space per unit.

Eventually, three separate developers will construct a total of 10 units on city-owned land on Highland Street in Roxbury, Catherine Street in Jamaica Plain, and Marcella Avenue in Roxbury. The homes are expected to cost somewhere between $180,000 to $400,000.

To read more about the pilot project, click here.

For more information, provided by the BRA, about the E+ Green Building Program, click here.

For renderings of the structures, click here.


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