John Quale, professor of architecture at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville has turned his sights on developing energy efficient affordable housing. “The people who are at the lower end of the income level are the ones who need the most help in reducing their energy inefficiency, and yet they are also the ones who can least afford the services,” says Quale, also the director of the ecoMOD research project which focuses on modular housing. CharolottesvilleTomorrow tells MHProNews.com EcoMOD has collaborated with several non-profit organizations on renovations and building single and multi-family affordable modular homes. Their upcoming project with the Albermarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIPA) will involve students designing modular housing to fit the needs of specific neighborhoods, rather than building homes to the designs of their partners as they have in the past. EcoMOD’s work extends from Virginia to Mississippi and Jamaica.
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