In North Philadelphia, the Belfield Avenue Townhomes were built to Passive House standards. It is one of several green multifamily structures that are being built in cities across the country for moderate-income families.
A design couple in Houston found a need for affordable, new-builds with earth-friendly elements—so they built a series of townhomes with shared common areas. Shade House is integrated into its surroundings; the exterior features a combination of raw concrete and exposed wood (reclaimed lumber) that complements the existing concrete structures of the neighborhood.
With the help of Los Angeles’ Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance, developers of the Auburn 7 in Silver Lake were able to add a host of sustainable features, including solar power and a community garden, to these row house-like structures. Residents hang in the front yard of the unit owned by one of the codevelopers, Todd Wexman.
Several overseas tour groups, including academics and architects from Taiwan, have visited this ten-unit town house in Issaquah, Washington. Since its completion in 2010, zHome, the first multifamily zero-energy community in the United States, has influenced a number of similar projects.
Sleek, modern lofts, transformed from an old broom factory, provide a festive backdrop to these Witchita, Kansas residents' semi-annual Finn Lofts community party. The architect of the charcoal-and-orange building says the color was "intended to reflect the dynamic character of the neighborhood."
This Capitol Hill, Seattle, infill project was completed for $189 per square foot. The street-facing facade on the multifamily structure is clad in prefinished siding from Taylor Metals, and cedar shaped and cut with CNC technology, while the rear features prefinished cement fiberboard panels.
Kevin Daly Architects designed this 33-unit affordable housing complex in Santa Monica, California, with sustainable features including a green roof and windows with hoods that were shaped based on solar orientation studies.