Building Nashville’s First Green, Affordable Housing Development

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Nashville is known as the nation’s hub for country music and culture. As the capital city of Tennessee, it has steadily grown in population since the 1970s.

“Growth has brought many exciting opportunities to our city,” said former Mayor Megan Barry, “but it’s also made it difficult for many residents to stay here.”

The city’s leadership saw a need for more affordable housing opportunities in the booming metroplex, with a focus on more energy-efficient homes to further address the cost of living.

Addressing the Need for Accessible, Green Housing Solutions

Nashville’s Metropolitan Department of Housing Agency (MDHA) provides affordable housing programs for low-income families in the area. So far, the agency has assisted 5,300 families in finding quality, affordable homes.

MDHA has also helped to launch other innovative projects “that are increasing housing options for low- and moderate-income Nashvillians.” The agency saw the need for affordable housing that could also help homeowners save on utility and maintenance costs.

The Woods at Monticello was the first green, affordable housing initiative launched in Nashville. With a focus on high-performance and durability, the neighborhood boasts energy-efficient homes built to save homeowners money.

Sustainable Solutions for Affordable Housing

The two-story homes at “the woods at Monticello” include numerous energy-efficient technologies, including the use of Fox Blocks’ ICF construction.

Other green features include:

  • Geospring water heating systems
  • SeriousWindows which have an impressive U-value of .15
  • Low-wattage LED lighting
  • Closed-cell spray foam for attic insulation
  • An energy recovery ventilation system

The two-story craftsman-style home features an open floor plan with sleek hardwood flooring.

The decision to use ICFs as the main building component not only resulted in a more energy-efficient building, but also saved time during the construction project, which reduced overall construction cost.

Building a More Energy-Efficient Nashville

The use of ICFs in this Nashville neighborhood permitted the addition of a second story to the building without a large increase in labor costs, and ensured that the project still came in on budget. The reduced costs didn’t mean a decrease in the quality of the project or the home’s curb appeal.

Are greener building methods on your agenda? Contact us to see how Fox Blocks can help in your next energy-efficient project.