113 Tewning Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23187
Hours of Operation
7:30 - 4:30 p.m.
County Government Efforts
James City County (JCC) does currently offer some programs that help meet green building and design-related goals (weatherization, etc.) for existing buildings. These programs are administered through the County’s Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) and include Indoor Plumbing/Housing Rehabilitation, Community Development Block Grants, and Emergency Home Repair. In 2007, OHCD obtained a grant from the Enterprise Green Communities and conducted a Green Building and Sustainable Design for Affordable Housing Workshop. This workshop included a presentation by Earthcraft of Virginia and was attended by 33 participants including representatives of nine local builders. Following this workshop OHCD issued a request for proposals (RFP) for builders to construct single-family homes in the Ironbound Square Redevelopment area. The RFP specified these single-family homes were required to be built to Earthcraft certification standards. Since then, eight Earthcraft certified homes have been sold in Ironbound Square and the number of Earthcraft certified local builders has increased significantly.
New and on-going projects
There are several Green Building-related projects currently in progress. The Green Building Design Roundtable’s Finance Committee recently submitted an application to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Showcase Communities for funding to renovate houses for energy efficiency in concert with a project that JCC's Housing and Community Development is undertaking to purchase and renovate foreclosed properties in the County. The Finance Committee has also made an application for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Funding at the State and National level to help “jump-start” a local effort to stimulate community-wide improvements in the energy efficiency of our homes and businesses.
In addition, OHCD will be assisting the Williamsburg-James City County Community Action Agency, the designated administrator of the federally funded Weatherization Program, to fully utilize significantly increased funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) economic stimulus program to weatherize and increase energy efficiency of existing homes occupied by lower-income households within JCC.