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Affordable Housing Project in Basalt Earns National Recognition for Innovation

Scott condon; post independent

The Basalt Vista affordable housing project won a prestigious national award from Habitat for Humanity International.

The 27-unit, net-zero project was selected the best among 100 applicants in the “Best Multi-family Home Design” competition. The award was voted on by peers in Habitat for Humanity and 13 outside partner organizations.

The Basalt Vista affordable townhouse project was headed by Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork. Partners included the Roaring Fork School District, which contributed the land; Pitkin County, which helped pay for infrastructure; and the town of Basalt, which provided financial help to reduce fees. Holy Cross Energy and the Community Office for Resource Efficiency helped create the net zero project, which produces as much energy as its consumes through efficiency and solar photovoltaic systems on the homes.