Over the past 18 years Piedmont Housing Alliance has been active in the revitalization of a number of urban core neighborhoods in the City of Charlottesville, including 10th & Page, Fifeville, Starr Hill, and West Belmont.
Piedmont Housing was the first Energy Star Certified builder in Charlottesville, and constructed the first affordable EarthCraft Program Certified home in Central Virginia, which won a U.S. Department of Energy award.
We helped to develop a new model for affordable housing that moved beyond price to include durability and energy and operational efficiency.
Teaming with the University of Virginia’s Schools of Architecture and Engineering, we built the first ecoMOD home and the first LEED Platinum Certified residence in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Piedmont Housing Alliance continues to take opportunities to promote the increase in the stock of affordable housing. In Albemarle County, there are currently more than 900 proffered but not yet built affordable homes, most associated with large scale housing developments.
At the 244-home Willow Glen sub-division in Albemarle County, we completed a pilot project to show how to get proffered affordable homes to market. We partnered with local developer Insignia and local builder Stanley Martin Homes and built six homes that were sold as workforce housing to teachers and other public service employees.