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CP-9402: Establishing Priorities for the Design of Affordable, Environmentally Responsible Housing in Dallas, Texas, a Mixed Climate Zone

By Betsy Pettit, FAIA and Joseph Lstiburek    Created: 2008/06/04

They will sell for under $80,000 each, making them affordable to families earning less than 80 percent of the median income in the Dallas metropolitan area (under $35,000). Monthly payments will range between $500 to $700 per month. Utility costs (heating, cooling, and hot water) are expected to be $30 per month. Typical utility costs for houses of similar size in Dallas have ranged Between $80 and $100 per month. The building system design resulted in a 60-to-70 percent reduction in energy consumption. A minimum of $50 per month for utility cost will be saved.


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