Affordable and Sustainable Housing for Low-Income Households

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A Montgomery, Texas resident, William “Bill” Starkey led Starkey Construction for more than 35 years. The company built luxury homes, schools, churches, and hospitals using premium materials. Besides custom-built homes, William Starkey is also interested in sustainability regarding house design, construction methods, and execution.

Advocates of sustainable design and construction assert that low-income individuals and families will benefit more in the long run if they live in houses that are not only affordable but also energy-efficient, durable, and have better indoor air quality. This notion comes at an opportune time when state housing agencies are prioritizing building more affordable housing for millions of low-income households.

To reach a middle-ground, designers and architects that are pro-green housing analyze different ways to achieve affordable and sustainable living for people in need. Some are diverting funds from landscaping and other non-essential parts of a house into energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, doors, windows, and appliances. In some cases, switching to eco-friendly paints and coatings can reduce exposure to harmful chemicals. Meanwhile, using low-flush toilets is efficient and economical.

Sustainable Design Integral to Nation’s Affordable Housing

A longtime Montgomery, Texas real estate executive, William “Bill” Starkey guided Starkey Construction, LLC, for more than three decades. Throughout his career, William Starkey emphasized green building materials and sustainable practices to conserve energy and water. William Starkey has a strong interest in the sustainable construction sphere’s latest trends across a wide range of verticals.

As highlighted in a BuildingGreen article, sustainable design and affordable housing goals can often be aligned in ways that many people do not realize. With a shortage of 7.4 million homes for low-income residents nationwide identified by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, a priority is that such developments be long-lasting, energy-efficient, and beneficial to resident health. Among the strategies that pay long-term dividends are low-flush toilets, VOC paint, and the latest energy-efficiency technologies.

Beyond conserving energy and lightening the community’s energy load, affordable residences built with these principles in mind are also benefit those who live on the property. Low-income tenants find paying utilities to be a major financial burden, and any technology that lessens energy consumption is a boon to the pocketbooks of these financially constrained consumers.