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Affordable Density

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 1, 2013 11:56:00 AM

2013 Green Home of the Year Awards
Best Community Project - Davis, California

An "odd-shaped bit of property" adjacent to a highway provided the opportunity for 69 affordable green residences.

JUDGES PRAISED THE New Harmony community’s welcoming design, and particularly appreciated the attention to indoor air quality and noise—given the parcel’s location directly adjacent to busy I-80 traffic.

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New Harmony exceeds California energy conservation requirements by 32 percent, and Build-It-Green certified the project with 197 Green Points.

The 69 one-, two- and three-bedroom, below-market-rate rental units are affordable for those with low-incomes. They range in size from 667 to 1,131 square feet.

Operable windows allow for natural ventilation, and each apartment has a patio and large south-facing sliding glass doors (that face away from I-80). An outside fresh-air intake on the south side of every apartment, feeds fresh air into the HVAC system through MERV 11 filters.

A 190kW PV system provides about 80 percent of the electricity needed for all units. There is also a community garden.

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New Harmony Floor Plan

  • New Harmony Main

    Project Stats (click image for interactive version)

    Name: New Harmony Community—Davis, CA
    Builder: Donny Lieberman, Sunseri Construction 
    Architect/Land Planner: Bob Kuchman and Bryan Do of Kuchman Architects PC 
    Developer: Rachel Iskow of Sacramento/Yolo Mutual Housing Association 
    Landscape Architect: Laura Green of Cunningham Engineering

    Interior Design: Trish Houlihan, ASID of Kuchman Architects PC
    Photos: Donny Lieberman, Sunseri Construction (photo 1) and Frank Domin (other photos)

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  • New Harmony

    Communal Living

    The shared community building features art and provides community leadership opportunities for residents.

  • New Harmony Aerial View

    Odd-Shaped Property

    An odd-shaped bit of property adjacent to a highway provided the opportunity for 69 affordable green residences.

  • New Harmony Street View

    About Face

    In this clustered living complex, the main entrances and windows in the units face in and away from the highway, reducing the intrusion of noise and air pollution. Native plants, trees and heavy mulching greatly reduce long-term landscaping maintenance costs and watering requirements.

  • New Harmony Communal Play Area

    Low Income, Highly Green

    The one-, two-, and three-bedroom, below-market-rate rental units target those with low incomes. They range in size from 667 to 1,131 square feet. Operable windows allow for natural ventilation, and each apartment has a patio and large south-facing sliding glass doors. Outside fresh-air intake on the south side of every apartment feeds fresh air into the HVAC system through MERV 11 filters. 

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