West MI Green Affordable Housing
Free Green Building Certification, Education, Training and Consulting for low income and supportive housing new and existing home projects.
Thanks to the support of the Wege Foundation the GreenHome Institute is here to help make your next project better. Whether it is new construction, gut rehab or a remodel, we can now get you access to resources, training, certification, and incentives to make your properties more energy-efficient, healthier, and more durable.
The goal of the program is to help you take your affordable housing projects to the next level by assessing your energy use, indoor air quality, and opportunities to certify under a green building program.
GHI brings 20 years of experience helping residential buildings improve through design and renovation practices.
Benefits of registering for this program include
Is there a cost to the program?
No. It is free to sign up.
Discounts or free access to benefits will be determined by your project type, size and development timeline. Energy testing and modeling may come with a cost as these typically already required by code but that is also TBD by project details.
What does affordable housing mean?
The development must show to be held as an affordable housing rental or for sale at 100% AMI or higher. Developments including but not limited to senior housing, veteran, supportive, homeless, youth homes, refugee, special needs, disabilities, workforce housing, and more!
What is a green certification? Does it have to be LEED?
While our goal is to help you get LEED certified as the most recognized green program, there are many other tools we can use to help you achieve a better building.
We accept these different 3rd party certifications
How can I afforde to build green? Isn’t it more expensive?
There are various programs available to you and we will educate you and help you assess each one and how they can work together to help you achieve your goals. Reducing utility bills can allow you to reduce operating costs or have a more attractive space for tenants thus reducing turn over.
Incentives that may be available include
Do I need to attend a training?
We understand things are busy. We can dive head first into your project and get started right away.
Where is this available?
All of West Michigan and Kalamazoo
ATTN José Reyna
1451 Lake Drive SE, #6484
Grand Rapids, MI 49516
Tel: (616) 458-6733