After the setting of 13 factory-built boxes and the completion of construction, these net zero energy homes were opened to three
low-income families in Lafayette, Colorado. Referred to as the Paradigm Pilot Project, the development includes one single family home and a duplex. The project was designed by HB&A Architects and built by All American Homes of Colorado for the Boulder County Housing Authority.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera, Paradigm Pilot Project was designed to maximize solar orientation and generate on-site energy from solar PV, solar thermal, and a ground-source geothermal heat pump (for the single family home).
In addition, the ceiling and floor truss materials came from waste lumber, the landscaping is partially drought-tolerant, the plumbing fixtures are low-flow and water efficient, and the appliances are Energy Star.
The housing authority intends to build upon the success and learning experience of the Paradigm Pilot Project with a potential project in Josephine Commons, a 153-unit, mixed income development also in Lafayette. We’ll keep an eye out for permitting plans on this future eco community.
[+] Boulder County Housing Authority Builds Green by the Daily Camera.