This project sought to transform vacant lots in South Baltimore into sustainable housing that would be accessible for low to moderate income families. The ultimate goal was to prove that reduced income housing can be green as well as affordable. This required tactful deployment of green strategies sympathetic to the project’s limited budget and the desire to keep homeowner utility costs as low as possible. The eight rowhomes that resulted perform on a level equivalent to LEED platinum standards.
Sustainable design elements include an extremely efficient envelope that uses a hybrid insulation system, an extensive green roof (the first of its kind to cover a single family block in the state of Maryland), high efficiency mechanical systems, rooftop solar hot water collectors on each unit, water efficient fixtures, low VOC paint, green label carpet, and formaldehyde-free millwork and doors.
The stepped street façade is designed with a variety of siding colors to help differentiate individual houses.