We are pleased to announce that our project with Knox Housing Partnership to create 30 affordable, healthy and energy efficient homes for seniors has achieved LEED Platinum from the US Green Building Council. This is the highest level of sustainable certification available.
This is a project that redefines what affordable housing can provide and achieve. Energy, lighting, water and materials efficiency have all been optimized to achieve the highest level of efficiency and to reduce maintenance costs and utility bills as much as possible. The project features the largest pervious parking area in Knox County with stormwater being captured below the parking surface. Despite the constraints of budget and site, most of which is in a flood plain or TVA easement, the residents enjoy a common park space with an accessible community garden, gazebo and constructed creek bed.
Blueberry Ridge has 30 two bedroom units and is anticipated to reduce energy use by 33% over a conventional residential building. All units are visit-able and one third of the units are fully wheel chair accessible with accommodations including custom kitchen cabinetry adjusted for ease of use, roll-in shower and accessible bathroom shelving.