In an effort to promote a green lifestyle to local residents, the Philadelphia Housing Authority has demolished a high-rise and plans to put up an energy- and water-efficient apartment building, reports say.
The Philadelphia Inquirer states the 51-unit apartment structure, which costs $19.3 million, will have Energy Star-approved windows, low-flow plumbing, compact fluorescent-light fixtures and native landscaping. Also, solar panels will be installed on the roof of the building.
"The new Norris Apartments signify [the Philadelphia Housing Authority's] progressive approach as it develops modern, sustainable, quality affordable housing," PHA's interim executive director, Michael Kelly, said at the groundbreaking ceremony for the project, which should be finished by the end of 2011.
Green housing projects are also underway in Los Lunas, New Mexico, the Valencia County News-Bulletin reports. Instead of building water- and energy-efficient homes, though, the paper states U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has the county provided $4.2 million for green upgrades.