WDG Receives Sustainable Housing Grant

ELKINS, WV (September 20, 2010)

Woodlands Development Group (WDG) has been awarded over $10,000 from the Housing Assistance Council (HAC), a  Washington, DC-based non-profit organization that supports the development of affordable, sustainable housing for low-income families in rural areas, to assist in the development of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes (LEED-H) rated rental tri-plex in Elkins. 

WDG will use the grant award to coordinate the LEED-H certification process, which requires documentation and communication between project managers, developers, and the US Green Building Council, as well as develop educational and outreach materials for the tri-plex, which will be located on the corner of Central St. and Porter Ave. in Elkins.  

“As the developer of the first LEED-H project within the whole state, Woodlands has an opportunity to create a valuable, high quality educational resource for the community, in addition to affordable and very energy-efficient apartments,” commented WDG Executive Director Dave Clark.  “This grant from the Housing Assistance Council has allowed us to really raise the bar in this project.” 

Certification and educational efforts for the tri-plex, are under the direction of WDG AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Adam Williams.  WDG has also partnered with the Center for Sustainability Studies at Davis and Elkins College to study the efficiency output of resources in this infill project and an energy monitoring system. 

For more information on the Porter St. Tri-plex Project, please contact AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Adam Williams at 304-636-6495 x34.