Minneapolis launches massive, 100 green home project (video, photos)

| by David Serchuk
Minneapolis launches massive, 100 green home project (video, photos)

To help revitalize neighborhoods in North Minneapolis, Minn., the city has launched what it calls the Green Homes North project. The project’s goal is to build 100 energy efficient homes over the next five years. The homes will be built on city-owned lots, with the stated goal of boost both the housing market in the Northside, and homeowner confidence in that same area.

One stated goal of the project is to make the homes energy efficient and sustainable.

So far homes are under construction in eight Northside neighborhoods: Camden, Folwell, Hawthorne, Harrison, Jordan, Shingle Creek, Willard-Hay, and Victory. Not coincidentally these are also the areas, by and large, with the most foreclosures in the entire city, in 2013.

The homes will range in price from $150,000 to $250,000, and will typically feature three bedrooms, three bathrooms, be between 1400 to 1800 square feet, have two car detached garages, and have green-certified amenities.

To help spread the news the city has even created a video, posted on its site, and YouTube.


Home-buying assistance of up to $10,000 will be offered to qualified buyers through a program called Minneapolis Advantage.

Some green features of the homes:

  •           Energy Star appliances
  •           LP Smartside, an environmentally friendly wood siding
  •           Low VOC paints
  •           Insulated Concrete Form foundations
  •           95 percent power vented furnaces and power vented water heaters
  •           Energy Star or Anderson double or triple glazed windows
  •           Green label carpets
  •           WaterSense labeled products
  •           Low flow plumbing
  •           Whole house air exchanger systems

Attention will also be paid to how the homes are situated. They can’t be built within 100 feet of any sort of wetlands, or on land that has more than a 15 percent grade. The homes also have to be built with immediate access to existing roads, sewers and other infrastructure, mitigating the need to build the same.

Density is another goal as 10 units must be built per acre within an urban environment. The homes also have to be built within a half mile of public transportation.

As for who can buy the city requires all would-be homeowners to complete an eight hour homebuyer counseling workshop. Also there are certain income restrictions on who can buy a home. To qualify for state funds the buyers can earn no more than 115 percent of the area’s median income, totaling $96,500.

Also all first mortgages on the properties must be considered an “A” or prime loan. The loans will also be fixed, not variable, rate.

A Green Home Grows In Minneapolis.

Topics: Appliances, Certification / LEED, Energy Star, Indoor Air Quality, Insulated Concrete Forms - ICF, Paint | Low VOC and No VOC, Remodeling, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Products, WaterSense, Windows

Companies: Andersen Corporation, Andersen Windows, Energy Star

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