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November 27, 2002

Casinos Help Bring Six Zero Energy Homes to New Jersey

Six energy-efficient, solar-powered homes are about to be built in Atlantic City, New Jersey, thanks primarily to gambling revenues. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority announced on November 25th that six homes in the Millennia Square neighborhood, developed by the authority, will "approach a zero net utility cost to homeowners." The authority was established by the state in 1984 to funnel a portion of gambling revenues into projects that revitalize Atlantic City and other parts of the state.

The six Cape Cod-style homes will each have two baths and three to four bedrooms. The project is being supported in part by the DOE State Energy Program's "Zero Energy Home" grant program and the New Jersey Clean Energy Program. Construction will begin by year-end. See the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority press release.

Energy-saving building technologies are gaining favor in the construction industry. One sign of this growing acceptance are the "Best Practice" Sustainability Awards, presented by the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC). This year's awards, announced on November 22nd, went to the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition; Sun Plans, Inc., which markets designs for passive solar houses; Rural Advancement Foundation International - USA, which built an energy- efficient office building for its headquarters; and the Center for Energy Research/Education/Service at Ball State University in Indiana, which offers interdisciplinary education in energy and resource use, alternatives, and conservation. See the SBIC press release (PDF 220 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.