We believe sustainable affordable housing requires healthy natural environments, durable building, and renewed social opportunity and that these areas of sustainability are interdependent.
Healthy, Natural Environments
Energy, water, and resource conservation measures are built into our communities. Solar energy, tank-less water heaters, water saving fixtures and features are just a few of our standards. We strive to preserve existing natural resources, hiring arborists to protect heritage trees and using permeable paving and bio-swales to reduce rainwater run off. We add natural resources back to areas where none exist. From design to management, we strive to reduce waste, pollution and environmental degradation. UHC communities offer maximum energy efficiencies and cost savings for residents.
Careful consideration is given to durability and life cycle in all design and construction decisions. We use hard surface flooring, improving indoor air quality, while reducing the need for flooring replacement, thus decreasing landfill waste. Our use of recycled content cement siding and manufactured stone is both better for the natural environment and longer lasting than wood siding. In our kitchens, granite counters, solid wood cabinet doors, quality water-saving fixtures and top brand energy star appliances are selected for both durability and efficiency.
Renewed social opportunity addresses basic needs for health, education, employment and financial stability. Our first step is to assess these areas and identify deficiencies. Next we reach out to local service providers for basic services. Then UHC communities go beyond the basics, offering many innovative programs specific to community needs; like character classes to teach skills to resident teens vulnerable to local gangs, healthy eating programs with monthly fresh food deliveries, gardening classes at on-site community food gardens, and much more. During development, infrastructure is planned to meet the space requirements for optimum delivery of these services.