TF05 - Reshaping Communities with Sustainable Affordable Housing

Friday, November 10 from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM | Tour Meet Desk (Lobby) « Back

Abstract Text:

Holistic sustainable design requires planning and designing the resilient and healthy communities where integrated singular buildings can reside. The buildings on this tour are all part of larger communities that seek to create a sense of space while providing affordable housing across Boston. Washington Beech Apartments in Roslindale, a certified LEED-H Gold development includes mid-rise and townhouse buildings that create individual entries for residents centered around open space, fostering a sense of ownership. Jackson Commons in Roxbury was the first certified LEED ND Silver project in the Northeastern United States. A mixed-use, mixed-income, brownfield Transportation Oriented Design (TOD), the site is part of the Jackson Square Redevelopment Initiative and includes adaptive re-use as well as new construction, transforming the area into an active and vibrant center. Two affordable housing projects in the heart of Cambridge share a focus on maximizing energy efficiency. After a destructive fire, the owners of 151-157 Allston Street demonstrated their commitment to green and healthy development with the rehab of the apartments. This building, along with its neighbor Putnam Green, is certified LEED for Home Platinum. Both are a testament of how far multi-family projects completed by a non-profit can go. Tour restrictions: Limited handicap accessibility at one of the tour stops. The tour includes some steps into and out of the building, Participants will be asked to sign a liability waiver at one of the buildings.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to demonstrate strategies to surmount the complex social, financial, regulatory, and policy hurdles that often impede affordable housing design and how Architects and Non-profit developers can creatively overcome these hurdles to achieve design excellence.

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to identify important aspects in planning community developments, such as context, TOD, infrastructure, street grids and open space.

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to specify resilient and low-maintenance design features that contribute to reduced maintenance and operating costs in affordable building design.

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to define at least three strategies used to design and construct high efficiency buildings, such as daylighting, natural ventilation, passive solar, solar thermal /PV, cool roofs, and high efficiency glazing.

Learning Level:

Level 300 - Application/Implementation


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Event Type: Tour > Session