The first residential LEED project within the City of Rockford, Illinois is now underway and being constructed by Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc. (CCS).
Originally formed as a non-profit organization to provide community-based services to individuals in the criminal justice system, CCS has grown to include a diversity of human service and affordable housing programs. Recently, CCS has explored many possibilities for building a net-zero energy home, but due to budget constraints they were unable to begin a project with this ambitious goal.
After scaling back their plans, CCS researched and found an affordable green home plan that fit well as part of the organization’s overall green efforts. CCS is planning to achieve LEED Certified with this home, and plan to move forward with additional LEED certified homes in the future, as LEED provides third-party verification and accountability for the organization’s funding sources.
The home at 913 Rockton includes 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms at approximately 1,770 square feet. The home is a two-story design, and is located on a lot close to jobs, transportation, and other amenities needed for a family. The home will be energy efficient in all areas, beginning with increased insulation and the design of the HVAC system. View floor plan.
The home is being built with funds from the City of Rockford HOME funds, and from a construction loan from Neighborhood Housing Services of Freeport, Illinois. The home will be sold to a low to moderate income buyer in accordance with HOME program rules. This would be a family which meets the 80% area median income (AMI). Downpayment assistance is also part of the City of Rockford’s funding.
The overall project at 913 Rockton will be the first LEED home in the City of Rockford, and it is an affordable home. The price to purchase will be $85,000.00 for a five bedroom, two car garage, all appliances and energy efficient home that will be move-in ready.