The Benefits Of Green Building To Affordable Housing

Sustainability has three core components economics, social equity, and the environment. Affordable housing diretly addresses two of those aspects economic stability and social equity. Integrating green building enables developers to address the third environ- FIGURE 1.5. PVC-Free House (New Orleans, LA). Photo courtesy of Bruce M. Hampton, AIA FIGURE 1.6. Riverview Homes (Camden, NJ). Photo courtesy of Darren Molnar-Port, NJDCA-NJ Green Homes Office FIGURE 1.7. Betty Ann Gardens (San Jose, CA)....

Cleaning Procedures and Equipment

The O& M manual and related trainings should address specific cleaning strategies and techniques, including the proper dilution and mixing procedures for concentrated cleaning products, the use of safety gear, provision of adequate ventilation, and strategies for reducing the cleaning-related waste of energy, water, or supplies. Maintenance staff should also be educated about how and where to properly store and dispose of cleaning products. Procurement criteria for janitorial supplies should...

Green Om Manual

Every development should have a green operations and maintenance manual prepared specifically for the project and used by the property management and maintenance staff. If the property management company has its own O& M manual, it is advisable to integrate the green concepts into that manual, rather than create a separate document that could be forgotten or ignored. The O& M manual should cover the applicable topics presented in this chapter and provide a list of the green materials...

Water Conservation

Water is used in housing developments for landscaping, cooking, bathing, laundry, toilet flushing, mechanical and ventilation systems, and landscape irrigation. In households nationally, indoor use accounts for approximately 40 percent of annual water use, with 60 percent used for outdoor purposes. On average, an individual in the United States uses 70 gallons of water a day. The long-term ownership and centralized management structure typical of affordable multifamily rental housing supports...

Energy Efficiency Information

Home Energy Saver www.homeenergysaver.lbl.gov Public Housing Authority Energy Efficiency Toolbox U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Building Technologies Program www.eere.energy.gov buildings U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor www.rehabadvisor.pathnet.org

Building Interior And Floor Plans

The organization of interior spaces should support the passive design strategies and overall resource conservation. Floor plans should allow for the free flow of air through the unit by creating a line-of-sight connection between the windows expected to provide air input and exhaust. Open, flexible floor plans allow for the dwelling unit to accommodate many different types of tenants and be adaptable over time. The main principles of universal design should be incorporated, in that the design...

Low Toxic Cleaning Products

While cleaning products help remove harmful contaminants such as mold, bacteria, and particulates, exposure to many conventional cleaning products can also create health problems, particularly for individuals who have preexisting health conditions such as asthma or allergies, or who have chemical sensitivities or a compromised immune system. Some cleaning products can cause headaches, dizziness, skin irritation, respiratory irritation, eye irrita- The number of nontoxic (or low-toxic) cleaning...

Park and Baird Boulevards Camden New Jersey

SENIOR HOUSING REHABILITATION AND INFILL NEW CONSTRUCTION NEW JERSEY GREEN HOMES PROGRAM Park Boulevard in Camden, New Jersey is one of the three main thoroughfares of the Parkside neighborhood (named for the three local parks, Red Hill, Forest Hill, and Farnham parks). One of the neighborhood landmarks is the historic Pearlye Building. Originally constructed in the late 1800s as an apartment building, the structure was dilapidated after having been abandoned for over fifteen years. In 1998 a...

Delridge Neighborhood Seattle Washington

Seattle How High Point Drainage

HOPE VI PROJECT NATURAL STORMWATER MANAGEMENT LARGE-SCALE COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DESIGN REDEVELOPMENT Longfellow Creek is a 3-mile, year-round urban creek in West Seattle's Delridge neighborhood that once teemed with salmon. A comprehensive community effort is now under way to restore the creek as a vital fish habitat. Almost 10 percent of the stormwater that ends up in Longfellow Creek falls on the ground of High Point, originally a 716-unit affordable housing project built during World War...

Model Developments of Green Affordable Housing

The following section provides twelve case studies detailing green affordable housing projects that have made comprehensive and integrated attempts to thoroughly incorporate green building. These case studies were selected from a list of recent green affordable housing projects that we were personally aware of, plus others we discovered by combing through various resources, such as submissions to the American Institute of Architects' Show You're Green Award and the Home Depot Foundation's...

Building Envelope

After the benefits of orientation and massing have been maximized, the next area to address is the building envelope. The building envelope includes the walls, vapor barrier, insulation, windows, doors, roof, foundation, structure, and flooring. A well-designed envelope should protect structural members from moisture buildup, reduce thermal transfer and air infiltration, bring in daylight, and prevent pest problems. One of the greatest challenges is to create a tight, well-insulated envelope to...

Nageezi New Mexico near Chaco Canyon in northeast New Mexico on the Navajo Reservation

Nageezi New Mexico Christian Reservation

LOCALLY SOURCED MATERIALS CULTURALLY SENSITIVE DESIGN PASSIVE HEATING AND COOLING A university-initiated design build process led to the creation of the Nageezi House, a new home for an elderly Navajo couple. The house is located on an isolated, rural site on a windswept mesa in northeast New Mexico, near Chaco Canyon. The Nageezi House replaced the couple's original, conventional home, which had been built over a period of decades and which was dilapidated enough to make renovation impossible....

Northeast Corner of Sixth and Howard Streets San Francisco California

SUPPORTIVE HOUSING FOR FORMERLY HOMELESS HEALTHY INDOOR ENVIRONMENT SAN FRANCISCO REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY PILOT PROJECT ENTERPRISE GREEN COMMUNITIES PROJECT The Plaza Apartments exemplify how to create a humane, healthy, noninstitutional environment for extremely low-income residents. A colorful, urban high-rise building, this newly constructed project provides studio apartment housing and on-site supportive services for formerly homeless residents. Each of the building's 106 residential units...

Linden Street Somerville Massachusetts

BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT SMART GRADING EXEMPLARY ENERGY SAVINGS Located in the urban Union Square neighborhood of Somerville, a city next to Boston, the Linden Street Apartments stand on a former brownfield. The site was previously used as an industrial truck maintenance facility, had no trees, and was completely paved. To prepare the property for residential development, the Somerville Community Corporation hired ECS, Inc., to remediate the site. Hazardous soils were removed, and new topsoil...

Westbrook Street and Red Oak Drive South Portland Maine

HISTORIC RENOVATION WORKFORCE HOUSING MAINE GREEN HOUSING PROGRAM PILOT In 2000, the state of Maine started working with the city of South Portland on redevelopment of a site formerly occupied by the Maine Youth Center. The buildings had been abandoned for more than three years and were in a growing state of disrepair. The unique property, located on a hill with mature landscaping and a river wrapping around it, includes the former administration building, called the castle, five cottages that...

Valentine Way and Apache Knoll Tierra Contenta Subdivision Santa Fe New Mexico

Suby Bowden

WORKFORCE HOUSING OWNERSHIP PASSIVE SOLAR RAINWATER CATCHMENT arroyo A deep gully cut by an intermittent stream a dry gulch. A brook a creek. chico The common greasewood of the western United States Southwest city Santa Fe faces a harsh climate with huge daily temperature swings, not much shade, a lot of wind, rocky soil, and high runoff. Nevertheless, the beauty of the desert and the charm of this historic city have attracted many to it. As the city has grown over the years, the need for...

Border Street East Boston Massachusetts bounded by New Street Maverick Street and Sumner Street

State Hospital

HOPE VI PROJECT LARGE-SCALE REDEVELOPMENT RENEWABLE ENERGY From the rooftop of Maverick Landing, the Boston skyline appears postcard perfect. This new development is not immediately identifiable as affordable housing, nor does it jump out as green building. The transition from the neglected housing project that stood on the site before to Maverick Landing is dramatic. For over sixty years, several thousand people lived in the Maverick Gardens Housing Project. Owned and operated by the Boston...

Corner of Lakewood and Miller Reed Avenues Atlanta Georgia

SWEAT EQUITY HOUSING HOMEOWNER EDUCATION COST-EFFECTIVENESS EARTHCRAFT HOUSE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM Since Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976, it has built over 150,000 homes in the United States and more than eighty other countries. Relying principally on volunteers who donate their labor to construct the house, Habitat's sweat equity model provides housing for families who commit to contributing hundreds of hours of their own labor into building their homes and the homes of others. Homes...

Solar RFP Example

RE Request for Proposal Photovoltaic System The Housing Development Corporation of_ the Developer , on behalf of _LLC the Corporation , is seeking to select a photovoltaic general contractor for its _project located at_Street in the City of_. I am therefore requesting interested contractors to submit a Statement of Qualifications and Proposal to our office by_. The project is a_-unit multi-family affordable apartment building that will be managed by_. The developer plans to install an...