Paisano Green is raising the bar for environmentally-conscious public housing.
"It's really a blueprint on how things should be done, from design to construction and the quality of life it offers to residents while being environmentally friendly,” says Marty Howell, Sustainability Manager for the city of El Paso.
Opened in June 2012, the Paisano Green Community was developed by the El Paso Housing Authority as an energy-efficient 73-unit complex for senior citizens. Equipped with features like wind turbines, rooftop solar panels and air-source heat-pump water heaters, it’s one of the nation’s most advanced green projects. All energy consumed will be generated on site, and no fossil fuels will be burned at the complex. The complex is expected to receive LEED® Platinum and Enterprise Green Communities certification.