Cherry Legacy Homes, LLC.
In 2014, NeighborWorks Toledo Region completed a
40-unit, single family, affordable home, infill housing
project known as Legacy Homes. Consisting of seven,
historically sensitive house designs ranging from 1,328
to 1,800 square feet, twenty-eight houses have full
basements, the remaining twelve are slab-on-grade.
A clustered development, this scattered site project
allows residents interested in becoming homeowners an affordable option. Forty thousand dollars has been set aside for down payment assistance, once residents become eligible at the conclusion of the tax credit period. Additionally, the homes are designed to allow residents to age-in-place, with at least one bedroom and one full bath located on the first floor. The project was completed with unprecedented energy efficient systems:
Factory cast foundation wall panels lined with closed-cell foam insulation giving basement walls an R-12.5 value
Panelized exterior walls containing an energy-efficient barrier to keep moisture out and reduce air leakage
Engineered truss system
R-50 blown in insulation above all flat ceilings, R-21 kraft-faced insulation in exterior stud walls
Sealed loop hydronic heating system combined with an air handler to provide instant-response home heating
On demand water heating system with constant hot water recirculation to reduce overall hot water usage
Low/No VOC paint
Flooring certified Green Seal/Green Seal Plus
Energy Star appliances
Energy Star fixtures with CFL bulbs
Utilizing the systems above, every house received an Energy Star v3.0, 5 Stars Plus Certificate. Additionally, an industry standard index which calculates a home’s energy efficiency and assigns a score, known as a HERS score, was performed by a third party energy rater. The lower the score, the more efficient the structure is. A typical new home today, scores 100 on the index. All project homes scored between 40-50, with an overall average of 42.