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E Lane @ Carnegie offers affordable green housing option

Ben and Ann Bonham are the husband and wife team behind E Lane @ Carnegie, a unique energy efficient condo community five  miles from Downtown Pittsburgh. Starting at $199,900, the single-floor units are stylishly designed with sustainable bamboo flooring, low VOC paints and Energy Star appliances. Future Building of America Company built the partially solar powered, all electric homes with structural insulated panels (SIPs) chosen for their high energy efficiency, mold resistance and low labor cost.

“SIPs construction is amazing. Despite temperatures in the teens, these units require little more than a space heater to keep warm,” says Ben Bonham. “It should only cost about $480 per year to heat and cool each unit.”

Just four blocks from Carnegie’s main business district, the community will consist of four paired two-bedroom dwellings and a single unit with a centralized edible garden/orchard sited on the natural grade of a re-claimed in-fill urban lot. “We just love Carnegie,” says Bonham. “It has a great downtown area with nice restaurants, shopping and plenty of culture. Plus it’s close to mass transit so you can easily do without a car. It is really a cool bohemian neighborhood.”

One model is completed and as of Jan. 1 the property will be listed with certified Howard Hanna EcoBroker Coral Stengel. “When I first learned of E Lane, I knew it was a perfect match for me,” says Stengel who has been trained in energy and environmental issues and strategies for capitalizing on the growing green market. “I really respect and admire what the Bonham’s are doing. They’ve gone all the way with this property.”

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Writer: Lauren Urbschat
Source: Ben Bonham, Bonham Asset Management, LLC
Coral Stengel, Howard Hanna Real Estate

Image courtesy Bonham Asset management, LLC
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