Energy efficient townhomes set new standard in downtown Winston-Salem

Goler CDC project helps families save money and live better

Goler Community Development Corp. (CDC) is improving the quality of life for families living in downtown Winston-Salem by constructing energy efficient town homes that will set a new construction standard for the city.

Located at Chestnut Street North in Goler Heights, two newly constructed town homes certified by Advanced Energy, will be energy efficient, durable and environmentally safe.

“People are looking for ways to save money on energy bills and to be smart about our environment,” stated Michael Suggs, executive director and spokesperson for Goler CDC.

The town homes will be rated to comply with the U.S. EPA Energy Star Program for attached housing and Advanced Energy’s System Vision program. This means that the units will have to pass strict insulation inspections and air leakage tests to ensure low energy usage and costs for heating and cooling.

This project marks the beginning of Goler CDC’s quest to encourage energy efficient residential construction in Goler Heights, located inside the eastern edge of the downtown Winston-Salem Arts District and adjacent to Piedmont Triad Research Park.

The two-story town homes are 1325 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Construction is slated to be finished in April 2012.

According to Suggs, Goler CDC will be encouraging all future developments in the Goler Heights area to have an energy efficient or green component.

“It’s a great way to differentiate our community and decrease energy consumption, while achieving cost savings,” he said.

The organization’s goal is to make Goler Heights a mixed-use neighborhood with new housing, new small businesses, successful retail and entertainment.
Suggs noted that the City of Winston-Salem is financing the town homes 100 percent.

“The City of Winston-Salem has partnered with Goler CDC over the past eight years to revitalize the Goler Heights community. These two units are the culmination of the six-unit development the City agreed to finance for Goler.”

For more information on Goler CDC’s energy efficient residential construction project, please contact Michael Suggs at (336) 761-0595 or email: MSuggs@GolerCDC.org.

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