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Affordable Style in the Bronx

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 16, 2014 12:13:15 PM

AT WAKEFIELD APARTMENTS, the rooms are bright, the windows large.Natural light brings out the warm tones of the hardwood floors.

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Extreme Downsizing: Rise of the Micro-Apartment

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 15, 2014 2:10:00 PM

THE MULTI-FAMILY WORLD is seeing a surge in “micro-apartments:” tiny apartments measuring less—sometimes way less—than 500 square feet. Often, these units don’t include kitchens; in so-called “congregate” housing, several units share one. Parking, when it is even available, often costs extra. Micro-apartments appeal to Millennials, who see them as a low-risk commitment as they enter an uncertain job

Visions of Tinytopia. Architects such as Nicholas Coffee have taken a shine to designing ultra-small living quarters

Seattle, a city known for its density and smart urban planning, is leading the charge; however, after several years of unchecked micro-unit development, the city’s residents are pushing back against the trend.

A 2012 article in Seattle Magazine debated the pros and cons of unchecked micro-unit development and stirred up controversy. The pros? Micro-units are (relatively) affordable, often located in walkable neighborhoods and use fewer resources and less energy. But some Seattle residents complain the units cause parking problems and attract transient residents who don’t contribute to a rooted community. Up to now, Seattle’s code didn’t distinguish micro-units from other multi-family development, which meant the housing could pop up anywhere. But the City recently proposed new measures, which include requiring design review for micro-housing and congregate residences based on square footage, rather than the number of dwelling units; setting a minimum size for common areas; and raising the minimum requirements for parking.

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A Green Multi-Family Community in Carson, California

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 10, 2014 10:13:44 AM

ARBOR GREEN IS ABOUT more than energy-efficient, affordable apartments, though the project certainly has those bases covered.

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Designing a Landscape That Provides Beauty and Sustenance

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 15, 2014 6:46:00 PM

There are many ways to incorporate edible plants into a landscape. Even if you’re rebuilding existing gardens, natives and non-native edible plants can be scattered randomly throughout the beds, as an exciting and useful alternative to traditional ho-hum plant selections.

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German Solar Arrives in the United States

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 9, 2013 8:46:00 AM

ACCORDING TO A REUTERS STORY from PR newswire German energy giant E.On Climate & Renewables (EC&R)dedicated its first U.S. solar energy farm installation in Tucson, Ariz., October 14. Big solar farms will take away the incentives for utilities to allow roof-top solar installation.

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