Bham entities to team on Smart Neighborhood plan for affordable housing

The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District and the city of Birmingham are teaming up with Alabama Power and local builders to launch Smart Neighborhood, an initiative to provide energy efficiency and home automation upgrades to the construction process in a bid to make energy usage more affordable for low-income families and seniors.

“This is a great partnership with Alabama Power in an effort to provide energy efficient, cutting-edge amenities for families who seek affordable housing. HABD looks forward to strengthening this partnership in the future to incorporate similar technology throughout our portfolio. We’re beyond excited that affordable housing residents will now have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of greener living thanks to the Smart Neighborhood initiative.”

Michael LundyHABD president and CEO

The project will start out with 200 new smart homes in Birmingham to be built over the next three years beginning in 2020. One of the projects will be located in Woodlawn.

The Woodlawn Smart Neighborhood, designed by CCR Architecture & Interiors, will be designed with unique energy upgrades including high-efficiency heat pumps, hybrid water heaters, LED lighting, smart thermostats and doorbell cameras and smart sensors, which are calculated to measure 15% more efficient than current state building codes.

Learn more in the article originally published by Birmingham Business Journal.