Viridiant Fall 2016 Newsletter
looking back on 2015
The Governor’s Housing Policy Advisory Council recently released the 2015 Economic Impact of the Virginia Housing Industry showing housing as the 6th largest private sector industry. The collective work of our industry is responsible for $47.8 billion of economic activity in 2015, and, as the study notes, “this activity supported over 314,000 jobs paying more than $14 billion in annual wages, salaries, and benefits.” Viridiant is very proud to be a part of this strong industry sector and to contribute to the economic vitality of Virginia’s housing market.
Interested in learning more about all the ways that Viridiant contributes? We are pleased to share our 2015 Annual Report (see below) with specifics on certification numbers, energy savings, our strategic plan, relevant research and more.
Economic, environmental and structural sustainability serve as the foundation for all of our efforts within the housing arena. Having served nearly 20,000 families since we began over a decade ago, we know that through education and technical support, we can reduce a family’s monthly housing expenditures, allowing families to invest in their future and community. This, combined with the reduced impact on our environmental resources, will serve a healthier, more sustainable future.
If you have participated in this effort, we thank you. If you believe in this work, I encourage you to invest in our future through the gift of a charitable donation.
All the best,
2015 Annual Report
Viridiant’s 2015 Annual Report, presenting highlights and financial results from our past year, was mailed to our supporters in September. Notably, Viridiant touched and/or certified over 2,000 homes in 2015 resulting in savings of 8.2 GWh of energy or almost 6,400 tons of carbon.
We hope you’ll take a moment to review our achievements and consider helping us continue our impactful work by making a charitable donation. Thanks to all of our colleagues and supporters who helped make 2015 such a success!
by the numbers
- Single Family: 2,671 single family homes
- Multifamily: 247 projects housing 16,778 dwelling units
- Latitude 38 – HERS 40, EarthCraft and ENERGY STAR certified
- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville – 3 homes at HERS 44, EarthCraft and ENERGY STAR certified
- Miller & Associates – HERS 44, EarthCraft certified
Thursday, October 20th
Two options to participate:
- Via webinar from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm for a virtual presentation ($10)
- In-person at Gather in Richmond, VA from 3:00 – 4:30 pm for the presentation followed by networking and drinks ($5)
Thursday, December 15th
January 12th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, VHDA Housing Center
This 7-hour builder training provides a comprehensive overview of best practices for sustainable construction and design as well as explores how the EarthCraft program can help you get started in the green building sector.
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FREE BULLETINS SHARED ON LECTURE TOPICS
In an effort to increase the reach and longevity of our lectures series, Viridiant now develops and shares a bulletin recapping what was discussed at each lecture. Lectures that have been published so far cover: Water in Buildings, Energy Efficient Retrofits, and Resiliency and Sustainable Buildings. We hope you’ll check them out and find them useful.
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The Housing Interpreter Articles
Viridiant is a contributing writer for Richmond Association of Realtor’s quarterly journal The Housing Interpreter. June and October articles focus on Water Intrusion in Buildings and Energy Efficient Retrofits.
Click on the issues below to read the articles.
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your support matters
Viridiant, a 501c3 non-profit, prides itself on offering superior quality, affordable programs that can suit the needs of any builder or developer who shows a commitment to high performance home building. With seven full time employees in our Richmond office and technical advisors around the state, we strive to remove any financial barriers to green building by delivering our programs at a fraction of the cost of similar programs.
Residential buildings make up almost 27% of the energy consumption in Virginia. With your support, we can touch more houses, making a significant impact not only on the state’s energy use but also on the lives of the residents who will enjoy comfortable, healthy, and affordable homes.
Please consider making a donation to Viridiant today.
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