Raleigh hosting open house on stormwater and sustainable practices in affordable housing

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

The City of Raleigh is hosting an open house to discuss green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), rooftop solar and potential incentives including funding for sustainable measures.

Members of the development community including developers, consultants and architects to an open house at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center (Neuse Room, 950 Peterson St, Raleigh, NC) Feb. 21 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Future competitive Request for Proposals (RFPs) and Notice of Funding Availability’s (NOFAs) issued by the Housing and Neighborhoods Department may offer scoring criteria incentives and financial incentives for developments that meet certain affordable housing, GSI and solar criteria.

City staff will be at the event to answer questions and talk about:

  • Potential incentives and future funding opportunities.
  • Affordable housing RFP and NOFA criteria
  • City of Raleigh stormwater regulations
  • Incentives for GSI
  • National & local examples of GSI in Affordable Housing
  • Subsidies for rooftop solar in affordable housing projects

GSI preserves nature, soil, and waterways, and/or mimics nature by managing, treating, and reducing stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces, like roads, sidewalks, roofs, and driveways.

Benefits of green infrastructure include:

  • Improved water and air quality
  • Reduced Urban Heat Island (UHI) Impacts
  • Lower energy consumption
  • Improved wildlife habitat
  • Reduced infrastructure costs
  • Minimized flooding impacts

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