The success of low-income sustainable housing should come as no surprise.
If a building’s running costs can be reduced to near zero due to the fact that it does not rely on costly resources such as electricity and water, in terms of long-term affordability, nothing else compares. That’s before even taking into account the positive aspects that come with sustainable living from a social and community-orientated viewpoint.
To their credit, Canadian industry members have acknowledged the benefits of such developments.
Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter and Senator Gerald J. Comeau were recently on hand for the official opening of a $685,000 Chester-based four-unit affordable housing development. The development has been designed specifically with senior citizens and persons with impaired mobility in mind.
“The Government of Canada is proud to contribute more than $340,000 in funding for this project,” Comeau said. “These new units will provide quality, affordable housing and benefit the economic and social well-being of the entire community.”
In order to cater to this specific group, the units have been designed with accessibility in mind, complete with external maintenance access and exterior storage spaces.
In line with sustainability standards, all of the units have been designed to meet at minimum LEED Silver standards for energy and water efficiency.
According to Dexter, the housing will encourage long-term positive quality lives for its inhabitants in a space that will continue to support and protect low-income residents.
“Families, seniors and people with disabilities deserve affordable, accessible homes, like the units opening today,” he said. “For the residents who are about to move in, these units will allow them to stay in their communities and live independently, longer. Affordable housing isn’t a one size fits all solution and the province will continue to work with its partners to ensure affordable housing is available to those who need it most.”
This is but one of the many projects supporting affordable housing and benefited from an investment of more than $1 billion from the Canadian government.
The construction industry looks to long-term solutions, but often acts in the moment without taking the long-term impacts of developments into account. By establishing maintainable and durable housing for those in need of affordable housing, the industry and government are realistically safeguarding the futures of a particularly vulnerable group of people.