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Jones Jill Jones commented on the topic Designing Healthy Communities PBS Series in the discussion Healthy Living Environment
     4 years ago
There are various problem not only autism,The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 88 children in the United States has been identified as having an autism.

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Nassar Ayman Nassar commented on the topic Vegetable Garden Resources in the discussion Site and Landscape
     5 years ago
Thanks Josh, this is great info. we are taking baby steps, but are plugging through, we had our first formal activity after the 4 month cleanup by 24 middle and high schoolers in Nov, where we had some high schoolers coach elementary school children on planting 6 evergreen trees. The tools you pointed to definitely come in handy.

Carson William Carson started the topic Lowest HERS Index, NOT Counting Renewables? in the discussion  Energy Efficiency
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Hello, All - 

What is the lowest HERS Index that you know of for a real (not planned) multifamily residence?  What type of home is it (duplex, townhouse, garden, low-rise), where is it located, and what are the significant features that contributed to its high-performance (envelope design, fenestraiton, construction materials, passive/active features, appliances, lighting, control strategies, etc.?)  Roughly what square footage and exposures also?

I'm looking for indices that are taken PRIOR to the benefits of wind or solar energy (PV or thermal), but INCLUDING Geothermal HVAC if necessary.  Thank you for your insights!
William M. Carson, LEED AP BD+C
VP Operations Strategy & Director of Sustainability
McCormack Baron Salazar
St. Louis, MO 63101

Joseph Roger Joseph commented on the topic Field Notes: Living Up to Good Design in the discussion Healthy Living EnvironmentLocation and Neighborhood FabricSite and Landscape
     5 years ago
Well it's depend upon everyone's need, it's become too early to comment on this.

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Wheeler Jason Wheeler started the topic Balance in the discussion  Public Housing AuthoritiesPublic PolicyGeneral InformationNews and Events
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The current Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellows share their ideas, inspirations and photos from the field on our blog. Learn more about the Fellowship.

Many in the affordable housing community will be acutely aware of last year’s “Building ‘Taj Mahals’ with Taxpayer Money*”, a scathing critique leveled at the rising cost of low-income housing tax-credit projects. Posted July 21, 2011 in the Voice of San Diego, the article contends that increasingly competitive requirements for amenities, green features, and site location have driven the cost of developing affordable housing to be more than double that of private, market-rate developments (At least, such seems to be the case in California).

The basic justification for any sort of taxation in a democracy is that taxes levied will be used for the general public benefit. Ranging from military defense and sewer systems to schools and vaccinations, these publicly funded goods and services improve life for the aggregate. Self-interested Keynesian economics dictate that without the intervention of public policy, many services critical for the success of large-scale economies would remain unfunded by the private sector.

And so we arrive at the questions that beg to be asked: is the low-income housing tax credit program a just use of tax-payer funds? Does the program benefit only the select few who happen to income-qualify, or is there a greater public benefit to all the rest of us who are footing the bill? Perhaps most importantly, should these affordable housing projects include nice amenities, or just provide for the basic necessities of life?

These questions, abstract and remote last July when I first read the diatribe of Taxpayers and Taj Mahals, came into sharp focus recently when one of our own projects came under fire from Utah’s tax-credit administering body for providing too many amenities. Suddenly my positions on the issue, previously certain and dogmatic, found themselves on shaky ground.

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