Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition

Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition

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The lack of affordable housing and the climate crisis are two of the most pressing challenges facing cities today. Green affordable housing addresses both by providing housing stability, safety, and financial predictability while constructing and operating the buildings to reduce environmental and climate impacts.

Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing is the most comprehensive resource on how green building principles can be incorporated into affordable housing design, construction, and operation. In this fully revised edition, Walker Wells and Kimberly Vermeer capture the rapid evolution of green building practices and make a compelling case for integrating green building in affordable housing. The Blueprint offers guidance on innovative practices, green building certifications for affordable housing, and the latest financing strategies. The completely new case studies share detailed insights on how the many elements of a green building are incorporated into different housing types and locations. Case studies include a geographical range, from high-desert homeownership, to southeast supportive housing, and net-zero family apartments on the coasts. The new edition includes basic planning tools such as checklists to guide the planning process, and questions to encourage reflection about how the content applies in practice.
While Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing is especially useful to housing development project managers, the information and insights will be valuable to all participants in the affordable housing industry: developers, designers and engineers, funders, public agency staff, property and asset managers, housing advocates, and resident advocates.
Every affordable housing project can achieve the fundamentals of good green building design and practice. By sharing the authors’ years of expertise in guiding hundreds of organizations, Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition gives project teams what they need to push for excellence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642830385
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 07/09/2020
Edition description: Second Edition, Revised
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 562,249
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Walker Wells is a principal at Raimi+Associates, a consulting service that supports healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities. He is former Executive Director of Global Green USA and a lecturer in the UCLA planning program.
Kimberly Vermeer is President of Urban Habitat Initiatives Inc., a Boston-based consulting practice working to advance sustainability and climate resilience, especially in multifamily and affordable housing.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Foreword Jonathan F. P. Rose xvii

Chapter 1 The Case for Greening Affordable Housing 1

Chapter 2 The Integrated Design Process 13

Chapter 3 Best Practices in Green Design 29

Chapter 4 Green Operations 65

Chapter 5 Costs and Financing 79

Chapter 6 Looking Forward: Four Trends Redefining Green Affordable Housing 95

Case Studies 105

1 Auburn Court, 3 Brookline Place, Cambridge, Massachusetts 108

2 Avery Hill Solar, Laconia, New Hampshire 114

3 The Villages at Cabrillo, Long Beach, California 120

4 El Camino Crossing, Santa Fe, New Mexico 124

5 The Lace Mill, Kingston, New York 131

6 Mutual Housing at Spring Lake, Woodland, California 136

7 Orchards at Orenco I, Hillsboro, Oregon 143

8 Phoenix House, Atlanta, Georgia 149

9 Habitat for Humanity at Plaza Roosevelt, Grand Rapids, Michigan 157

10 The Rose, Minneapolis, Minnesota 164

11 North Santa Fe Apartments, Vista, California 170

12 Second Street Studios, San Jose, California 175

13 Sendero Verde, East Harlem, New York 181

14 Senior Residences at Decatur East, Decatur, Georgia 187

Appendix A Glossary 193

Appendix B Checklists 199

Index 207

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