El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) won a prestigious Award of Excellence from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) for the Paisano Green Community.
The award was presented due to its innovative design of this net-zero LEED Platinum public housing community powered by clean electricity.
“This award represents the tremendous work and passion by everyone involved in the design, construction, and management of this innovative project,” said Mr. Cichon. “HACEP is proud to provide super-efficient housing options for very-low income seniors of El Paso and we look forward to working with HUD and the City of El Paso on future projects like this.”
The Paisano Green Community is the first net-zero, LEED Platinum, public housing community in the United States, and is the only LEED Platinum property in the City of El Paso.
Designed by Workshop8 from Boulder and constructed by Pavilion Construction out of Albuquerque, this $15 million project was funded in part by an $8.25 million grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The new 73-unit community uses no fossil fuels and is entirely powered by clean electricity generated on site by solar photovoltaic panels and wind turbines.
The 2013 NAHRO Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding achievement in housing and community development programs in five categories.