FIRST COMMUNITY HOUSING

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Family at Murphy Ranch applying for their ECO Passes.

First Community Housing exemplifies best-in-class sustainability through its policies and processes. They construct all new housing developments to LEED® Gold standards while incorporating commissioning and peer review.  Through the commissioning process they inspect a new building’s heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems to insure that they are properly installed and perform at their designated level of operation prior to tenants move in dates.

For all new developments FCH also uses a design-build team approach.  All team members including mechanical, structural and civil engineers, and landscape architects work together from conceptual design through construction completion. Because of this unique approach, all FCH developments are an evolution of previous projects and costs are known from the early concept phase of the designs.

FCH also strategically locates its developments near public transit and offers free annual transit passes to all residents, reducing tenants’ transportation costs. This Valley Transportation Authority  ‘Eco Pass’ allows a user unlimited rides on bus and light rails throughout the county.  Currently, FCH is the largest purchaser and provider of Eco Passes in the county. First Community Housing engaged PMZ3 Research, an independent survey company, to study the effectiveness of Eco Pass usage at its properties to determine whether or not the passes have any effect on car ownership and parking demand. The survey results showed that 72% of respondents use their Eco Passes three or more times a week and 54% use their Eco Passes every day. This transit pass saves tenants approximately $700 per year.  

FCH always builds with the tenants’ health and comfort in mind by using green products in the construction and interior finishes. Click here to view a list of sustainable products and measures used in recent projects.

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