Sustainable housing is gaining popularity, but to have a truly significant impact, it needs to be available to as many people as possible.
The Broadway Housing project consists of units in a former nursing home built to offer Los Angeles residents affordable housing that is also environmentally sensible.
Designed by Kevin Daily Architects (via Jetson Green) Broadway Housing is a three-story, four-building housing complex with 33 units on a 1.5-acre site. It features a community park is located near public transit and established bike lanes.
The four buildings are arrayed around an internal courtyard that includes a play area for children and two multipurpose rooms. There’s also space for residents to garden or even grow their own food.
The buildings themselves feature green roofs that aid insulation, more-efficicent window frames that minimize heat gain, and canted wall panels meant to release excess heat. In fact, none of the apartments have air conditioning; the buildings’ design is supposed to moderate temperature.
Other green features include vegetative screens that further insulate, and reflect noise. There’s also a 15,000-gallon rainwater cistern for irrigating the open spaces, and there are flow restrictors to conserve water used in kitchens and bathrooms.
Finally, the interior is fitted with 100-percent recycled CRI Green-label carpet, formaldehyde-free insulation, and low-VOC paint.