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Guadalupe Self-Help Housing

Mar 5th, 2004

Building upon the Center’s 2006 Affordable + Sustainable Demonstration Home, the Stardust Center designed a production version of the Guadalupe House as a prototype home for the Town of Guadalupe’s Self-Help Housing Program. Construction of the first six homes, Colonia Lupita, began in the summer of 2008.The project is being carried out by the Guadalupe Community Development Corporation and the Town of Guadalupe’s Self-Help Program which plans to build 24 more of these homes on infill lots throughout the community. The Stardust Center designed the new production version to fit on narrower lots (35′ X 120′) for infill development while retaining the original courtyard-style design and many of the demonstration home’s other unique features including:

  • an R-38 structural insulated panel roof with reflective coating,
  • Navajo FlexCrete aerated concrete walls,
  • rain water collection,
  • gray water irrigation, and
  • the capacity to build a second story for future expansion.

The design and construction details were simplified for construction by Guadalupe’s Self-Help Program. Costs were closely tracked to meet the tight budget demands of the Self-Help Program, which provides low-income home buyers affordable mortgages through sweat equity and a federal subsidy from the USRDA. ASU students had an opportunity to participate in the construction of these homes and learn about green building in the 2008-2009 academic year.