The initiative provides grants, financing, tax-credit equity and technical assistance to developers who meet specific green criteria to build affordable housing.
Residential builders are slow to catch on to the trend, as they tend to look at what sold yesterday when deciding what to build today.
"You can build a pretty mediocre house from an energy standpoint at 1,200 square feet and it will probably use a lot less energy than a state-of-art green home that is 3,500 square feet.
Designs and builds small to medium injection molds, specializing in medium-sized tools utilizing pre-hardened cores and cavities.
Designs and builds steel injection, thermoset, and prototype aluminum/soft steel molds.
Designs and builds small to large injection molds and structural foam molds to 15 tons, using CAD/CAM.
Designs and builds high-quality injection molds up to 10,000 lb.
Builds a variety of injection molds, including those with automatic unscrewing, cam action, hot runners, insulated hot probes, and high-production multicavity tooling.
Builds injection molds for thermoplastic toys and housewares.
Designs and builds injection mold and complete turnkey systems for automotive, electronics, healthcare, hardware, recreation, construction, medical and optical applications.
Utilizing CAD/CAM/CAE, designs and builds injection molds for automotive, appliances, communications and industrial components.
Designs and builds thermoplastic and thermoset molds.
Today's mainstream developers could be tomorrow's environmental leaders, especially if they follow The Rocky Mountain Institute's Primer on Sustainable Building, which notes that a sustainable building should be "economical to build and operate."
Books abound on using alternative materials, but some argue that the further one gets away from standard building techniques, the more problematic it is to build and maintain an eco-home.
When the Habitat for Humanity workers build
their Lynchburg house out of alternative materials, they will design it like previous houses so they can directly compare construction time, cost, maintenance, and comfort.