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Nine New Homes in Smoketown Receive National Green Certification

Friday April 26, 2013

Media Contact: Debbie Belt, 574-6587 (office) / 303-6167 (cell)
Chris Poynter, 574-4546 (office) / 396-2015 (cell)

Nine New Homes in Smoketown Receive National Green Certification

Louisville Metro Housing Authority also honored locally
in Kilowatt Crackdown competition and with the Green Spark Award

The Louisville Metro Housing Authority announced today that the development of nine new homes in the Smoketown neighborhood has received the Enterprise Green Communities’ national certification for homebuilding and design. The nines homes – eight in the 500 block of East Breckinridge Street and one on South Shelby Street – are the first to receive this certification in Kentucky. The certification honors the development for incorporating numerous "Green" building practices, such as water conservation, energy efficiency, the use of materials beneficial to the environment, the creation of a healthy living environment and the use of green practices in operation and maintenance.

The nine homes are part of the Housing Authority’s Sheppard Square – HOPE VI Revitalization, and are the first replacements for the public housing complex that was razed last May to make way for mixed-income housing. The homes range from 1390 square feet to 1452 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Nine families have moved into the homes who were former public housing residents.

"This project in Smoketown is a wonderful example of how federal dollars work to provide affordable living for the citizens of Louisville," said Tim Barry, executive director of Louisville Metro Housing Authority. “Even more so, receiving this Green certification demonstrates how these homes can be built to include cost effective, energy efficient and sustainable practices which provide low-income families with a healthier place to live."

Enterprise Green Communities is the only national green building program focused entirely on affordable housing. Enterprise offers an on-line application process and provides financing and technical assistance to certified developers that have produce and preserved low-income housing built according to their criteria.

Specific requirements the homes in Smoketown have met in order to receive the Enterprise certification include:

  • Connection to existing development, infrastructure and proximity to services
  • Water conserving fixtures
  • ENERGY STAR appliances and ENERGY STAR 3.0 building performance
  • Radon mitigation
  • Mold prevention

Funding for the Smoketown homes was primarily provided by a federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Community Planning and Development, and administered locally by Louisville Metro Community Services and Revitalization. Louisville Metro Housing Authority (LMHA) Development Corporation, the housing authority’s non-profit subsidiary, received a portion of the grant funds to complete this project.

Virginia Peck, Director of Community Services and Revitalization, said she was proud of the project and the partnership shared with LMHA Development Corporation. “Thanks to the Housing Authority’s innovative and dedicated work, these new homes signal the transformation of one of Louisville’s most historic and promising neighborhoods.”

In addition to the Enterprise Green award, the Louisville Metro Housing Authority received two of Louisville’s prestigious awards this month for other green practices – the Kilowatt Cup and the 2013 Green Spark Award. This year’s Kilowatt Crackdown competition challenged building owners and operators to track energy use from January 2012 through December 2012 in an effort to improve energy management. Sponsored by Metro Government, the Louisville Energy Alliance and the Environmental Protection Agency, this annual competition has helped many buildings become more efficient.

LMHA’s Avenue Plaza was selected as the Kilowatt Cup Winner for superior achievement in energy management, overcoming unique obstacles and/or emphasizing energy efficiency through no or low cost practices. LMHA's Avenue Plaza, built in 1974 and located at 400 S. Eighth Street, is an 18-floor public housing facility dedicated primarily to senior residents.

LMHA was also the recipient in the “Business” category of the Green Spark Award for green practices in two HOPE VI sites – the Villages of Park DuValle in West Louisville and Liberty Green near Downtown Louisville – as well as for their commitment to becoming a leader in environmentally responsible operations. Sponsored by Louisville Gas and Electric, proceeds from this event benefit Project Warm, an agency which provides free weatherization education and services for low-income households.

For more information about Louisville Metro Housing Authority’s HOPE VI initiatives, public housing facilities and other projects, visit For more information about Community Services and Revitalization’s work to increase and develop the supply of affordable housing in Louisville, visit