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LUCHA was founded in 1982 by residents of Humboldt Park, West Town and Logan Square to combat displacement and preserve affordable housing in the community. Since it's founding, LUCHA has helped more than 68,000 low-to-moderate income families rent decent More

Help LUCHA Build the First Passive House within a Chicago affordable rental housing development by the end of 2017.

Tierra Linda, LUCHA's newest housing development project, will use the built environment to improve our tenants' health and wellness through green, sustainable construction and targeted supportive services. More specifically, Tierra Linda will follow Energy Star and Enterprise Green Communities guidelines and feature natural lighting, cost-efficient energy and building control systems, and improved indoor air quality.

One of the six-flat Tierra Linda configurations will be constructed as a Passive House building by: (1) Employing continuous insulation through the entire building without thermal bridging; (2) Using balanced heat- and moisture-recovery ventilation; and (3) Exploiting/minimizing solar gain.  These enhancements lead to increased heating and cooling efficiency - thereby contributing to decreased occupancy costs for homeowners and renters. Though passive construction principles were pioneered in the USA during the 1970s and further developed in Germany during the 1980s, Tierra Linda (as noted earlier) will feature the first passive house designed in a Midwest affordable rental housing development.

Building a Passive House in Chicago is extremely challenging due to the city's strict building code and compliance requirements. However, crafting buildings with passive construction principles leads to long-term savings in terms of heating and cooling expenses, but it also requires a slightly higher initial investment at the onset of construction

LUCHA is reaching out to its allies to ensure that the Tierra Linda development becomes a reality despite the aforementioned challenges. Indeed, it is the responsibility of LUCHA and other affordable housing developers to ensure that affordable housing is constructed in a manner which allows individuals to consciously live with dignity, well-being, and financial stability. Introducing Passive House construction to the community is one way that LUCHA sets the highest standards for fulfilling these responsibilities.

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