The Attainable LI partners—LIPA, US Green Building Council of LI, United Way of Long Island and the Town of Babylon—recently announced winners of the Attainable LI competition. The event awarded professionals and students who submitted next generation, affordable and environmentally-responsible green home designs.
The Attainable LI partnership came together in an effort to transform the way homes are built on Long Island and move towards constructing LEED-certified, environmentally-responsible housing that is financially attainable, durable, energy efficient and healthy to live in. The Attainable Housing movement is a grassroots effort to combine affordable and sustainable initiatives to provide responsible housing solutions that are replicable in suburban communities throughout the nation.
The winning home, designed by Urban Green Design Ltd.’s Jeremy Schlicher, will be constructed in Wyandanch—the most economically-distressed community on Long Island and site of the groundbreaking community revitalization project “Wyandanch Rising”—by Long Island’s green-industry professionals, United Way’s YouthBuild Long Island students and volunteers.
“Green building on Long Island must be seen as a necessity and no longer as a luxury, said Michael Hervey, LIPA Chief Operating Officer. “The home created by this partnership will serve as an invaluable educational tool to promote the construction of energy efficiency homes in our communities, which is paramount to Long Island’s future.”
“Our sincerest thanks to all the competitors that endeavored to prove that affordability and sustainability need not be mutually exclusive and that the goal of truly Affordable/Sustainable housing is Attainable,” said Vince Capogna, Executive Director, USGBC-LI. “It is our greatest hope that the concepts embraced in the winning design become common ingredients in the recipes used for the design and construction of all affordable and sustainable housing hereafter.”
“This collaboration not only highlights best practices in next generation housing, but starts a dialog on how communities can look at the convergence of Universal Design, Healthy Homes, Energy Efficiency and Green Building strategies into one housing project” said Rick Wertheim, Senior Vice President of Housing and Green Initiatives, United Way of Long Island.
“Attainable LI springs from an ongoing mission to enhance building performance in the Town of Babylon since 2006,” said Dorian Dale, Energy Director & Sustainability Officer, Office of the Supervisor, Town of Babylon. “The winning design embodies open flow and expands the sense of space, mindful of replicability and affordability. In Babylon we have seen the future, it is attainable, and we look forward to building on it.”
PHOTO ID:Grand Prize Award Winner Jeremy Schlicher with students of YouthBuild Long Island
United Way of Long Island advances the common good by investing in and developing programs that address Long Islander's critical needs in education, income/financial stability and health. YouthBuild Long Island is a free youth and community-development program with components including housing, education, job readiness/construction pre-apprenticeship training, career development, leadership development, counseling and graduate services. A strong focus is placed on green-industry job opportunities in energy efficiency, renewables, weatherization, Energy Star construction, and home performance. Each year, students help to rehabilitate/construct an attainable green home, making housing more attainable by lowering energy and operating costs while increasing occupant comfort and health.
The USGBC-Long Island Chapter’s core purpose is to mirror and advance that of the US Green Building Council locally; to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. The USGBC-LI is committed to working with our fellow Long Islanders to improve our quality of life by improving the quality of the structures we build, and the environment in which we all live, work, and play. We are committed to leaving the world a little better than we found it so that future generations have an unfettered opportunity to do the same.
LIPA leads the way among the nation’s utilities with the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable initiatives partnering with all levels of government and with LIPA’s customers through civic, environmental, educational, business and faith-based communities. In addition to sponsoring the event, LIPA will make rebates and incentives available to the designers through LIPA’s Efficiency Long Island program, a customer –funded, 10-year, $924 million energy efficiency program which offers a wide array of incentives, rebates and initiatives to LIPA’s residential and commercial customers to assist them in reducing their energy usage and thereby lowering their bills. Through their Efficiency Long Island program, LIPA has worked with the Hampton Bays Middle School to become the first public school in New York State to earn the USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification and has also partnered with Wild By Nature Market in Oceanside to assist them in becoming New York State’s first Gold LEED Certified supermarket.
The Town of Babylon, under the leadership of former Supervisor Steve Bellone, has been nationally recognized for its groundbreaking sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives, including requiring LEED certification for all new commercial buildings, EnergyStar requirements for new homes and the Long Island Green Homes program, the first municipally financed retrofit program to address energy efficiency in the nation. Babylon recently received a grant from the US Green Building Council for Wyandanch Rising, a LEED ND project in downtown Wyandanch intended to transform an economically distressed community into the greenest in New York. By removing financial and economic barriers to sustainability the Town of Babylon continues to prove that the greening of neighborhoods is the greatest investment a community can make.
United Way of Long Island, together with its community partners, advances the common good by investing in and developing programs that address Long Islander's critical needs in education, income/financial stability and health. United Way of Long Island is recognized as one of the region’s most efficient organizations, with a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and 88 cents of every dollar going to support people in need. Visit www.unitedwayli.org.