Andrew Goodwin

Top 6 Green Supportive and Low-Income Housing Projects

by , 08/30/12

Richardson Apartments, San Francisco

Many people would probably be surprised to learn that this ultra-modern building is a low-income housing development for the Market + Octavia Neighborhood in San Francisco. David Baker + Partners helped San Francisco-based Community Housing Partnerships to help achieve its mission to serve those that were formerly homeless. The Richardson Apartments were also designed to meet the guidelines of the Build It Green GreenPoint Rated and Green Communities.

Devine Legacy on Central, Phoenix

Devine Legacy on Central is a new 65-unit affordable housing community for working families looking for housing along Phoenix’s Metro Light Rail Line. Perlman Design Group and Pyatok Architects combined efforts to design this 70,000-square-foot, mixed-income project for non-profit service provider Native American Connections. Devine Legacy is a LEED Platinum project in progress and incorporates multiple sustainable features into the urban context. The units reduced their dependency on air-conditioning by incorporating natural cross-ventilation, vertical stack ventilation, and sunscreens in all the units. Devine Legacy’s energy savings, water usage savings, and its use of sustainable materials make this project a great “green” example for the Phoenix area.

Step Up on 5th, Santa Monica

Brooks + Scarpa designed this mixed-use, 46-unit, affordable housing project in downtown Santa Monica to help the homeless and mentally disabled populations receive support services close to home. The award-winning building’s exterior envelope was designed to be light-hearted but striking enough to make an architectural statement. The exterior envelope was also designed to have R21 batt insulation in the walls, R30 in the roof, and double-glazed windows in order to increase the energy efficiency of the building. Step Up on 5th was designed to be LEED Gold Certified and includes sustainable design strategies such as solar heating/cooling, natural ventilation, maximized day lighting, material conservation and recycling, water-saving plumbing fixtures and energy efficient lighting fixtures. This building is a welcomed addition to the ever-progressive streets of Santa Monica.

Image © Tim Griffith

Tahiti Housing Complex, Santa Monica

High-density, low-rise workforce housing in Los Angeles is being redefined by developments like Daly Genik’s Tahiti Housing Complex. These units help families to live in the extraordinarily unaffordable Westside of Los Angeles, and they provide housing with architectural ingenuity. Daly Genik’s Tahiti Housing Complex is designed to LEED standards and features natural ventilation, daylighting, and outdoor spaces which maximize green open space.

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  1. msilva421 September 5, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Absolutely a neccessity in this low income and high cost living to find ways to lower costs and what a better way that to start with the home!

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