Church Community Housing Corporation's Bloom Court revitalized two blighted and structurally unsound houses in Middletown into two brand new homes sold to families earning less than 80% AMI.
The homes are all electric and designed to achieve a net-zero energy standard. Sustainability and energy efficiency elements include R-74 attic insulation, R-34 wall insulation, R-20 foundation insulation, triple glazed R-5 windows, mini-split heating and cooling, and heat pump hot water heaters. They also include rain garden drainage features, gravel previous driveways, low flow water sense fixtures, and sustainable building materials such as no-VOC paints and sustainably sourced lumber. The energy consumption has been reduced such that 100% of the energy bills will be offset by modest rooftop solar arrays.
The homes' future affordability is preserved using a land trust model, and were sold for $215,000.